U17 & U19 SUMMER 2018/19

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All YDP coaches are educated and immersed in the Team Wellington playing philosophy, and are NZ Football-qualified. Players will receive one consistent coaching message from their club coach, the YDP and FTC (if applicable).


In addition to team training, players receive individual and positional specific training. This training is designed to enhance individual ball mastery and technique in line with Team Wellington playing model.


YDP players not only learn their roles and responsibilities on the pitch, but also how to grow, think and live like a footballer off the pitch. Team Wellington's top players and guest speakers share their experiences.


At the end of Terms 4 and 1, each player receives an in-depth report on their individual football achievements and progress (Tech-Tac-Phys-Social) in line with our playing model.


Players play their best football when they are well-rested and injury free. International research backs the 'quality-not-quantity' approach to training followed by large successful international clubs like Barcelona. We strongly recommend players have no more than 4-6 contacts (or football sessions) per week in season.

This measured approach supports our young players in their busy lives and ensures they still have time available for other sports, family, relaxation, fun and homework!

Because it is so important that players are not over-loaded, we strongly recommend players and parents carefully consider participation in any additional football activities or programmes, with the exception of FTC. Coaches will be happy to discuss balancing player loads with players and their families.

As an affiliated club we support the Capital Football FTC programme. The experience of training with other players across Wellington and representing our region at tournaments is great for player development.


“Our goal is to create the best player-centred football programme in the Wellington region; a holistic football programme to educate, nurture and prepare players for the demands of the modern game at whatever level, the Team Wellington way.” - José Figueira


Under the directorship of Team Wellington Head Coach, José Figueira, and run by Team Wellington coaching staff, the Team Wellington Youth Development Programme (YDP) offers players a complete, personalised academy training experience, including:

  • two training sessions per week in Terms 1 and 4
  • targeted, player-based skills development
  • all NZF-qualified coaches
  • mentoring
  • a more diverse curriculum
  • seasonal reporting on progress



The YDP is for the more committed player who is serious about improving their skills and keen to invest time in their football development. To that end, the YDP suits players with advanced or accelerated skills development, who also demonstrate the right attitude, focus and aptitude for improvement.


Players must be available to commit to the YDP which includes, as a minimum, two training sessions per week. Players are required to attend both weekly YDP sessions, along with any mentoring session  (on nutrition, injury prevention, football experiences, etc.).  There will also be planned preseason games.   Attendance, like player conduct, is monitored and reported on.


Training takes place in terms 1 and 4 and during each term players will participate as follows:

TERM 4 2018 (16 Oct - 13 Dec)
Tuesdays + Thursdays 5.30-7pm Wgtn Coll Turf

TERM 1 2019 (from 5 Feb) 

Plus organised preseason games.


Fees are due at the beginning of each term. A discount is applied if you sign up for both Term 4 2018 and Term 1 2019 at the same time.

There is an additional, compulsory gear cost of $80 for YDP jersey, shorts and socks. The $70 YDP jacket is optional.

For information about fees, please email Rosie at


Complete the form below to register interest in the YDP for your player.
This form includes a section where you can ask questions.
You need to complete one form per player.



 Harry Rickus

Harry Rickus

 José Figueira

José Figueira



Harry Rickus has joined the Team Wellington coaching staff as PDP/YDP coach.

Harry comes to us from West Bromwich Albion where he spent three years as an elite youth Player Development Coach and attained his UEFA B Coaching Licence. Harry has FA qualifications in goal keeping, talent indentification and psychology, a BSC in Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science from the University of Worcester.

Harry is also the Head Coach of St. Patrick's College First XI and Coach of Miramar Rangers U17 team.



José Figueira is the Team Wellington Director of Football and Team Wellington Head Coach.

José has enjoyed great success in the New Zealand football community over recent years, with roles with both the U17 women’s and men’s national sides, Auckland City Youth team and has also had a stint in USA with the New York Red Bulls as a youth and junior coach.

José has recently been appointed Head Coach of the New Zealand U17 team and Assistant Coach to the All Whites.

José holds a NZ Football/Oceania A Licence.



Stuart Widdowson is the Team Wellington Team Manager and the Head Coach of the Wellington College First XI.

Hailing from Harpole Football Club in Northampton and Reading University, Stuart is currently working towards NZ Football's Senior Level 3 and Junior Level 2 coaching awards and has a specific interest in tactics and the psychology of the game.

"Working alongside José at Team Wellington has taught me an incredible amount about the intricacies of football, how to create the best training sessions & execute them successfully."



Scott Hales is the Junior Football Development Manager at Miramar Rangers and the Team Wellington Assistant Coach.

Originally from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Scott left the UK for a stint coaching and playing in the United States, then came to New Zealand where he worked for Central Football in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay, before moving to Manawatu and the position of Central Football Development Officer.

Scott is also the Head Coach of the Miramar Rangers Central League side and holds a NZ Football/Oceania A Licence and UEFA B Licence.

 Stuart Widdowson

Stuart Widdowson

 Scott Hales

Scott Hales

Plus support from Team Wellington FC Guest Coaches and First Team Players