NZ Football Talent Centres for 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th grade                           Nomads United are accredited to run an NZ Football Talent Centre for 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th grade.

                                           This programme provides players with a professional environment to train and develop their football with                                               professional and NZF 'B' and 'C' Licence accredited coaches.  



Talent Centres are aimed to accelerate the player’s development and unlock a higher potential as they advance toward Youth and Senior football at Nomads.  The programme will also focus on the Nomads values and football philosophy/playing style which stems from our First Team through to all our Junior and Youth members.  This gives our players the best chance of succeeding at Senior level, Canterbury United and beyond!


If you would like to be considered for our Talent Centre Programmes in 2020 you must attend all open trainings/trials starting in February 2020.

If selected for the 13th, 14th, 15th or 17th Grade Talent Centre you will play in the newly formed Premier Youth League.   

There will be a maximum number of 16 players invited into each Talent Centre grade.

Players will be selected and invited into the Talent Centre programme after the open trainings.  

This programme runs for a minimum of 30 weeks and will involve a minimum of 90 contacts and 20 games for 13th, 14th and 15th grade and 60 contacts and 20 games for the 17th Grade.  All programmes include specialist goal keeper training.  

All players who are not selected into the Talent Centre programme are still eligible to play for a Nomads United AFC team. 


Talent Centres begin with two informal training's on the 4th and 5th of March, and an Information Evening for players and parents on Friday 6th March and sessions will start soon after.  


The Talent Centre Programme cost differs depending on the age group.  Please see further details of this on the tabs below. Talent Centre players are required to register with Nomads United AFC and pay the applicable registration fee for 2020. 

Registration to the Club must be completed by 25th February 2020.


Talent Centre teams also have the opportunity to attend the South Island Tournament in October 2020 at an additional cost.


13th Grade Talent Centre       

Head Coach:     Fernano Lambert

Trainings: Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays   

Game: Saturday


14th Grade Talent Centre       

Head Coach:     Matt Jansen              

Trainings: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays   

Game: Saturday


15th Grade Talent Centre       

Head Coach:   JD Dennen

Trainings: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays     

Game: Friday 


17th Grade Talent Centre       

Head Coach:  Fernando Lambert 

Trainings: Tuesdays and Thursdays     

Game: Saturday

Uniform:  Players will be given a login to our Ultra Football website to purchase a Talent Centre training top and shorts.   This is compulsory for all players.  The training top and shorts are blue.  Playing footwear, shin guards and red socks are compulsory.


Invitations will be sent out by Wednesday 25th February and players must accept or decline the invitation no later than 12 noon on the 2nd March 2020.


Scorching Goal Football Fund

The Scorching Goal Football Fund has been established to assist children and youth attending primary or secondary school, aged between 5 years and 18 years who are from financially disadvantaged families or backgrounds, and where finance is a barrier to participation, either at club level, across development programmes or at representative level.

This is not a fund established to specifically support talented players but is rather about providing children and youth with the opportunity to continue to participate in football.


Please click here for more information on the Mainland Football website.