Development + Programme 13th - 17th Grade
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Development Plus Programme - Incorporating NZ Football TDP (Talent Development Programme)

The Development Plus Programme builds on the Development Programme and caters for players (boys and girls) aged 13-17 years old as they move on to full pitch eleven a side football.

The Development Plus Programme is designed to prepare players for competitive youth football and ultimately developing players for the key Under 17 and Under 23 age grade sides which are the primary 'feeder' grades for senior football in New Zealand.

Under this umbrella is our TDP (NZF Talent Development Programme) which is run by Marty Rodwell our Director of Football and his team, with input from Darren Bazeley our Technical Director. It aims to develop competitive skills and produce players ready for competitive football at 13th, 14th, 15th and U17 age groups. The teams play in the highest leagues for their age groups namely NRFL Youth Leagues (previously Metro Leagues) and NRF Championship Leagues (previously Conference Leagues).

The programme is an extension of the Development programme helping navigate through the stages within the players changing environment from 7v7 to 9v9 and 11v11 games.

Team Selection:

The Director of Football in conjunction with other Academy Coaches will select the Development Plus Programme squads. From the squads teams will get chosen each week to play in the NRFL Youth and NRF Championship teams. Team selections will take into consideration training and games both during open trials and during the Fencibles Summer Academy Programme. Development Plus squads are usually announced during late February or during March depending on age group. Development Plus squads usually consist of 30-32 players in each age group. 2022 Trial Dates will be uploaded here.


During the season teams will get chosen from the squad each week to play in the NRFL Youth and NRF Championship leagues. There is opportunity to move between the teams each week.


Fencibles is committed to continuing to improve the level of coaching at the Club. All NRFL Youth League teams are required to have a coach qualified to a minimum of NZF/OFC C Licence (or equivalent). All NRF Championship League teams will have a suitably qualified coach with a minimum of NZF Youth Level 2 qualification.

Development PLUS Programme (Travelling 13th Grade – 17th Grade Boys & Girls)

Dedicated Squad:                        30-32 Players (Depending on age)

Head Coach Age Group:             Minimum C License Qualification 

Team Names:                               Fencibles NRFL Youth & NRF Championship

NRF Youth Competitions:           NRFL Youth & NRF Championship

Contacts per week:                     3 Contacts: Covering TDP, Squad Training, Strength & Conditioning

Game Day:                                    Sunday

Extras:                                          Regional Tournaments

Cost:                                             There is an additional cost to the standard fees for this programme.***

***Where the Club is able to provide a suitably qualified coaches for the Development Plus Programme, there will be an additional fee required to cover the expenses of these coaches. The cost will be communicated on selection.

These teams are ONLY for players who wish to play football within the highest ranked teams within these grades and for those committed to three trainings per week. These teams are announced by the Director of Football, after trials, and in collaboration with other club coaches.

Mikey Poulopoulos (Mikey P)
Development Plus Coach

Age Group: U17 Grade Mixed/Boys Development Plus Coach

Qualifications: NZF/OFC C License & First Aid Level 1
Mikey comes to us from our resource sharing agreement with Eastern Suburbs. He brings with him a passion and attitude like no other. He is enthusiastic and has a real love for the game - something which is clearly evident in his sessions with the players. He has experience playing for Sacred Heart 1st XI as a player, and then as coaches at Coerver Academy and Papakura FC., Mikey has a great knowledge on building skill and technical ability in his players. He sees his players not just as athletes, but also as developing young people, and is intent on improving their ability to tackle life both on and off the pitch.

Adam Thurston
Development Plus Coach

Age Group: 14th & 15th Grade Mixed/Boys Development Plus Coach

Qualifications: Confederation C License & First Aid Level 1
Adam is another strong player who plays National League for Auckland City. He came to New Zealand from South Shields FC, following 8 years in the Manchester United development academy and spells with Preston North End, Hyde United, and FC United in the UK. Adam brings a wealth of coaching experience to the club, including a vast range of experience in junior and youth development. He has recently launched his one-on-one coaching business, “The Pro Project”.

Roy DSouza
Development Plus Coach

Age Group: 13th Grade Mixed/Boys Development Plus Coach

Qualifications: OFC/NZF C License, NZF Junior Level 3 & First Aid Level 1
Roy comes to us from our resource sharing agreement with Eastern Suburbs. The bulk of his experience from a player’s perspective, following a professional career spanning 5 years on Indian home soil. Roy is a current member of our Fencibles NRFL Men’s squad, and began coaching to supplement his career in the strength & conditioning industry. Because of this background, Roy has a strong knowledge of individual player development and is working hard to coach his players at the highest level.