Upper City Football’s Talent Development Programme (TDP) has been established in response to the phasing out of the Federation based talent centres by New Zealand Football and Capital Football. It has been put in place to enable our ambitious and talented male and female youth footballers to continue to develop, grow and fulfil their potential on and off the field while remaining part of the UHCF footballing family.

By establishing a TDP, Upper Hutt City Football can offer its players a Capital Football accredited development programme that is aligned with New Zealand Football’s playing philosophy and development pathway. It also allows these players to participate in the Capital Football administered TDP league against the other TDP clubs.

To participate in this programme all you need to do is attend the youth trials (mid-to-late February), with players graded into the top teams then being invited to participate in the TDP programme.

TDP players will be expected to attend 3 x TDP trainings per week at Maidstone Turf for the duration of the 30-week programme. There will be an additional cost over and above the standard registration fee.

What we want to achieve

Our mission as a club is to provide football for all which also encompasses providing a pathway for ambitious youth players to fulfil their potential. This will be done by providing top quality coaching and ensuring players understand what is required to be the best they can be, give them a strong technical base and well-rounded tactical knowledge to be able to adapt to the future game and the differing coaching and playing environments they are likely to find themselves in over the course of their footballing lives.

Player commitment

TDP players are expected to train three times per week over the course of the 30-week programme. This represents one additional training session per week over what was previously expected of UHCF players at this level.

Training times

Monday and Wednesday evening 6.00-7.30pm
Thursday mornings 6.30-8.00am

All sessions at Maidstone Turf


UHCF player registration fees plus an additional TDP charge of $330 (only $11 per week).


The UHCF Talent Development Programme is available to players in Grades U13, U15 and U17 for the first time this season. Entry is via invitation following the club trials.

TDP games programme

TDP teams will compete in Capital Football’s highest league against the other 11 TDP-accredited clubs throughout Wellington. This is a major change from previous seasons where “A” teams in the U13-U14/15 and U17 grades would have competed in the top JPL league. Now, only TDP accredited clubs will be able to compete in the top competition; currently there are 11 accredited clubs in Wellington.

Training period

The TDP will run from the beginning of March 2020 to the 1st week in December 2020, 30 weeks of training in total.

More information

For more information or if you have any questions please email TDP@upperhuttcityfootball.org.nz