Northland FC Gain NZ Football Accreditation

Our 2022 NRFL Mixed Youth teams will be part of NZ Football's Talent Development Programme (TDP), meeting the highest standards for youth football development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The club is proud to announce that we have achieved accreditation for our youth programme from NZ Football (NZF) for our NRFL Youth Mixed squads in 2022.

The NZF Talent Development Programme (TDP) is designed to aid player development at club level around the country. In the NRF region TDP accreditation provides access to the Lotto NRFL Youth competitions that are widely regarded as the highest level of competition in the country for youth footballers.

The programme, for players aged 13 to 17, has three core objectives:

1 – Produce better footballers in Aotearoa New Zealand by increasing the number and quality of training opportunities

2 – Provide clear training guidelines based on international best practice for youth footballers who are showing potential to play at a higher level

3 – Create a clear aspiration pathway for youth footballers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Northland FC CEO Lee West said "We have been working toward TDP accreditation since we took on the youth teams in 2018 and it feels great to have achieved the required standard. This is only the beginning though, we are investing in women's and girls' football so that we can complete the process at youth level next season.

We see the TDP as a development tool for the club as opposed to just a 'box ticking' exercise, and it has been great to see our youth programme evolve over the last few years into what you see today. Our staff have undertaken a phenomenal amount of work to achieve this standard, but everyone at the club knows now that we have to maintain it and keep our foot on the gas so that we can provide the best possible football environment for our youth players in the region."

The club has also submitted an application for NZF Skills Centre accreditation, the junior equivalent of the TDP, with results expected in early 2022.

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