Youth Football (13th to 17th Grades)
Youth Football is for footballers aged from 13 to 19 years (13th to 19th Grade).
The Grade is determined by the age your child turns this year, i.e. if your child turns 14 this year he is in 14th Grade.
Team are entered in the Northern Football Federation competitions
- Teams play Saturdays alternating between Home and Away games.
- NRFL Youth Metro & Conference teams (the top teams from 13th Grade and up) play Sundays.
- Away games are largely based in the North Harbour and West Auckland areas.
- Home games are played at Stanmore Bay Park, Metro Park, Millwater, Gulf Harbour Reserve and Victor Eaves, Orewa.
- 13th-17th Grade Teams play 11 a-side, on a full field. Kick off after 11am, playing for 60-90 mins. Except 13th Grade girls who play 9 a-side on a smaller field.
Talent Development Programme
Through the Talent Development Programme, or "TDP", Hibiscus Coast AFC is aiming to develop more skillful and confident players on the ball by teaching them ball mastery and skills essentials to play football. This programme will focus on individual player development and how to use these techniques/skills in game situations.
During this programme players will be challenged appropriately with and against players of a similar ability. This will help to accelerate a players development as they will be required to operate at a standard that involves a higher level performance across all four corners of a players development.
The TDP aim is to enable players to learn how to use the skills (Core skills) they have developed in Junior grades and first years of youth football to play the game within triage structure of 11 v 11 following the Hibiscus Coast team model. This will also help players to prepare for the transition into senior football and to support players reaching their goals in football.
The main aim is to provide a challenging, structured programme for players, in an enjoyable environment that maximises player TECHNICAL development.
Sessions will be focused on improving basic techniques, These techniques will be worked in isolation and transferred to a game situation.
Coaches will be encouraging players to focus on long term development over immediate outcomes by consistently asking them to operate at the limit of their current abilities.Players take part in exercises with a focus on building a growth mind-set that embraces mistakes as key learning opportunities.