At ESAFC we run four pathways which encompass both our training sessions and games.
- In-House: Games for players aged 5 – 14 who are new to football or looking to play socially without the added commitment of training. Players register as individuals through our clubhub system, and then teams are allocated by our volunteer grade coordinators. Games are played on Saturday mornings against other ESAFC teams for the duration of the winter football season.
- ESAFC PLUS+: NZ Football accredited training programme designed and coached by Community Officer Stephen Hoyle with a range of qualified coaches. The programme is available to all players in grades 4-8. This programme is aimed at accelerating development and unlocking potential as players advance towards Junior and Youth football at Eastern Suburbs. The programme focuses on our ESAFC values and football philosophy, stemming from our first teams through to all junior and youth members. ESAFC PLUS+ will be taught at an age appropriate level and offer all players maximum participation in a fun station-rotation format as they begin to fall in love with the beautiful game.
- Development Programme: Training programme designed for players 9th Grade and up who are starting to get into their football and want to train and play with their team each week. Development players must commit to two trainings over the Winter season and will compete with their team, either up a grade in the ESAFC In-House leagues or in an NRF competition depending on their age. Each training session is run by a qualified ESAFC coach under the same philosophies found in our Academy programme. Teams are selected during Term 1 Preseason training, as we feel this gives the coaches a better idea of players and where they are best fit within their own development.
- ESAFC Academy: Training programme designed for players 9th Grade and up who are committed to the game and their individual development, wanting to train and play at the highest of their ability. Over the Winter season, Academy players must commit to three training sessions per week as well as playing with their team each weekend in an NRF competition. Each training session is run by a professional coach under NZF Skill Centre/Talent Development Programme guidelines. Teams are selected during Term 1 Preseason training, as we feel this gives the coaches a better idea of players and where they are best fit within their own development.