Talent Development Centres have been run since 2012.
There are four centres, one in each of the following
The objective of Talent Development Centres is to identify talented under 11 & 13 players and expose them to high quality technical, tactical and strength and conditioning coaching. They provide a coaching and educational development opportunity for players showing talent at regional/national junior events. Talent Development Centres provide Squash New Zealand with an opportunity to expose talented young players to themes being taught at Junior Development Squad and EliteJunior Squad level, and thus act as feeders to these squads.
Talent Development Centres are run by individuals/clubs/districts in partnership with Squash New Zealand. The Squads are for under 11 and under 13 players, they cover technical, tactical, and strength and conditioning aspects.
Guidelines from Squash New Zealand are provided to TDC Head Coach/Organisers and cover:
The Centres form an important step in the national High Performance player pathway. Hard work at TDC level can help to prepare players for involvement in the later steps of the High Performance Programme:
In 2016 the Central region will run a trial pilot TDC programme. There are 3 regions encompassed in the Central TDC (Central, Wellington and Eastern). Each district i.e. Central, Wellington and Eastern will receive 2 x 3 hour sessions over both of Terms 2 and 3. A head coach would be appointed in each region to administer these sessions with the players.