New youth level Talent Development Programme at IBU

Island Bay United is excited to announce our youth grade Talent Development Programme will start in Term 1, 2019.

The Talent Development Programme (TDP) is a partnership with a highly regarded private academy, and will extend our existing IBU Shark Academy past grade 12 to include the youth grades 13 to 17.

The heart of plan is to further develop local talent through our Premier league youth teams and into senior teams in both men’s and women’s divisions, by providing organic pathways through the club. The TDP will build on the last two years of strong development in youth football at IBU and strengthen the transfer of skills inside the club we all love, while promoting players into national pathways as well.

Building on IBU Success

IBU is developing strongly in youth football. The 14th grade Premier League team topped their division in the past two seasons, the Flames girls development squad filled the club spot in Capital Premier Women’s, two under 17 teams competed strongly this winter to win their divisions, while IBU’s under 19 squad is in the main draw at the prestigious National  tournament in Napier.

IBU will shortly announce a partnership with a very accomplished football academy, which has helped us create the youth talent coaching plans. We can’t wait to tell you more about that development very soon.

Changes in the Federation Talent Centre (FTC) programme

This year IBU placed an amazing 31 players in Capital Football’s talent centres, NZ Football’s regional talent identification system. 

Over time, NZ Football is redeveloping youth talent pathways so that FTC will complement high performance training offered in well-developed club programmes. From Term 1 in 2019, IBU’s Talent Development Programme will support high-performance by giving youth age (13 to 17 years) high quality, year-roundcoaching at a high skill level, with opportunities to be identified for Capital Football’s regional teams.

For 14 to 16 year olds, Capital Football staff will focus entirely on 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, the FTC programme will continue to run training groups throughout the year, but as clubs like IBU develop, so the FTC programmes will eventually change to reflect the year-round training being offered in clubs.

Why do I need to know?

High-performance programmes for youth players are evolving, and there will be noise out in the football community about talent pathways for 2019. IBU has been working on a comprehensive plan behind the scenes, building on our strengths and alliances to offer the talent pathways our players deserve. In the biggest south Wellington club, with the best facilities.

Of course we will continue to support and develop all of our playersin social and less competitive levels, to meet the aspirations of all our players, parents and coaches.

More details of the TDP will be announce over the next few weeks such as how players can participate, the dates and times, coaching programme and costs. 

If you have any questions, you can email us at

Go Sharks!