Changes to junior and youth competition for 2020

KCU wants to make parents of junior and youth players aware of some changes that are being implemented this year. The changes affect players who intend to play in the junior premier teams (grade 10 to grade 14/15) and in the U17 team.

Talent Development Programme

We’re pleased to announce that that KCU has been granted a provisional licence from Capital Football to run a Talent Development Programme (TDP) for youth players (13-17 years old) in 2020. More details here.

The licence recognises that KCU, in conjunction with TDP technical director Curtis Jones, can deliver a high standard of coaching and facilities to the elite youth players of the club. Those players will benefit from a year-round training programme that is delivered to the standards set out and monitored by Capital Football.

Grades 10-12

Players that want to play in the premier grades for the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are required to attend the premier trials. Trials are being held in February (details here). Both boys and girls are encouraged to attend the trials. Players will be selected upon their individual merit during the trial process.

Premier teams travel throughout the greater Wellington area for their games. There will be some home games but expect to do a lot of driving on Saturday mornings. Premier teams also train twice a week.

Please note that players don’t have to attend all three trials.

Costs for 10-12th grade premier grades

  • Players are required to pay the $136 KCU registration fee. This fee covers the Capital Football affiliation fee plus other junior costs, such as prize-giving, kit, and photos. Click here to learn about how to register for KCU.
  • Players that are selected for premier A teams will join the Hearts academy for training and game day support. The cost for the Hearts Academy $495, incl GST.

For more info about the Academy, see the Hearts academy website or contact heartsfootballacademy@gmail.com.

Grade 13, Grade 14/15, and U17s

TDP will be a new grade in the junior/youth competition this year. KCU TDP teams will play other TDP teams from around Wellington. The 13th and 14th/15th grades will be mixed (both boys and girls). Players will be selected upon their individual merit during the trial process.

Players who want to play in a TDP team are required to trial for their spot in the team. Trials are being held in February (details here).

The TDP teams travel throughout the greater Wellington area for their games. There will be some home games but expect to do a lot of driving on Saturday mornings. These teams train twice a week.

Please note that players don’t have to attend all three trials.

Costs for TDP teams

  • Players are required to pay the KCU registration fee ($136 for junior players, $180 for U17s). This fee covers the Capital Football affiliation fee plus other junior/youth costs, such as kit. Click here to learn about how to register for KCU.
  • Players will also pay a TDP fee of $975, incl GST. This fee covers TDP coaching and admin only, and does not provide any financial benefit to the club. Payments can be spread across the season (details to follow later).
  • The club will be looking at ways to reduce this fee, including funding and sponsorship activities.
  • Please reach out to the club (email admin@kcu.co.nz) if you are concerned about costs. There are a range of ways we can help, including payment plans or financial assistance.
  • Any questions about the structure or content of TDP, please email heartsfootballacademy@gmail.com.

Junior players that don’t want to play premier or TDP

It’s business as usual for players that want to play in the local leagues. KCU will continue to be involved in leagues for teams that are not in the premier or TDP grades. We will make every endeavour to place a player in a team but this also depends on numbers in each grade and availability of coaches. Juniors who play in the local leagues pay a fee of $116. Click here to learn about how to register for KCU.