TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

GRADES 13-17

We are proud to announce that in early 2019, Miramar Rangers was one of five Wellington clubs approved to provide the new NZF Talent Development Programme for 13-17 year olds.
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BACKROUND

MIRAMAR RANGERS ACADEMY & TEAM WELLINGTON PDP

Miramar Rangers has an excellent record of providing extra, high-quality development coaching for our very talended and keen young footballers since the Miramar Rangers Academy was kicked off in 2013 with James Webb at the helm. The Academy was replaced with the Team Wellington Player Development Programme (PDP) in 2016 when José Figueira joined the club as Director of Football. The new NZF Talent Development Programme (TDP) replaces the PDP as the Club’s premier coaching tool for the development of our top young players.

FTC & TDP

Over time, NZ Football is redeveloping youth talent pathways so that Federation Talend Centres (FTC) will complement high-performance training offered in well-developed club programmes. In 2019, Miramar Rangers’ TDP will support high-performance by giving youth age (13 to 17 years) high quality, personalised coaching at a high skill level, with opportunities to be identified for Capital Football’s regional teams.

For 14 to 16 year olds, Capital Football Talent Development will proceed with camps during school holidays to identify talented players for the National Age Group Tournaments (held in December) and NZ Football age group teams.

For 12 to 13 year olds, Capital Football will continue to run FTC programmes for those highly skilled players not captured by the TDP. It is anticipated that ultimately, FTC will eventually change to reflect the year-round training being offered in clubs.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To find out more about the background to and aims of the TDP, check out the NZ Football Talent Development Manuel:

PURPOSE

BEST OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP

The Talent Development Programme offers the area’s best players the opportunity to develop their skills within the club environment. We know them best and can offer them a consistent, high-quality development experience to help them meet their football goals.

COMMITMENT

1-2 additional training sessions per week through the 4 terms, covering technical skills and tactics. Fees are charged once per term and players where the official Miramar Rangers TDP uniform.

ELIGIBILITY

Players are invited to attend after completing a trial.

QUERIES

For more information about the Talent Development Programme, contact the Club Administrator at miramarrangersafc@gmail.com.


PERSONNEL

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SCOTT HALES
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR & 13TH GRADE COACH

Scott Hales is the Junior Football Development Manager at Miramar Rangers.

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.

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JOSE FIGUEIRA
14TH GRADE COACH

José Figueira is Miramar Rangers' Director of Football and the Head Coach of Team Wellington. 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 and Miramar Rangers from Central United where he was Director of Football.

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STUART WIDDOWSON
17TH GRADE COACH

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.