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WE ARE PLEASED AND PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE TEAM WELLINGTON youth DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - the key component of our team wellington junior-to-senior football pathway.

“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
  • 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.




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.


Fees for the YDP are due at the beginning of each term and there is a one-off cost for a personalised Team Wellington Player Development Programme training top and jacket. For information about fees, please email Rosie at


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.


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

Monday 7-8pm Wellington Indian Sports Centre Kemp Street Kilbirnie
Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm Dave Farrington Park

Organised preseason games


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.




Head Coach of Team Wellington in the ISPS Handa Premiership & OFC Champions League 2017/18

José Figueira

José Figueira

José has immersed himself with 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 came to Team Wellington from Central United where he was Director of Football.



Manager, Team Wellington and
Miramar Rangers U17 Coach

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

Stuart Widdowson

Stuart Widdowson

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