2017 will see the FFV National Training Centre (NTC) Talented Player Programs for Boys shift from full-time to part time squads. These squads will now be known as the NTC Talent Identification and Development Centres (TIDC).
Upon selection after FFV's initial trial process, players will be required to train one night a week with the TIDC Squad in their area. All TIDC players however, will train twice a week and play matches with their current NPL/Community Club. TIDC sessions will run during the season as part of the development and selection process for the National Championships (where the number of sessions prior to the tournament will increase). Training camps and practice matches will also be conducted during school holidays.
Squads of 20+ players will work in blocks. The players who respond well and meet the criteria will be invited back for the next block. Players deemed not to meet the program’s criteria will be replaced at the end of each block by players scouted during the season.
In 2017 FFV will oversee:
Players who receive an invite to trial are based on nominations by clubs or identified by TIDC scouts and FFV TPD staff. Players will be allocated into a TIDC zone based on the location of the club and which competition zone their club is situated (i.e. NPL South/East or North/West).
Programs will be conducted from two central locations in the North/West and South/East areas or at regional facilities.
North/West: Darebin International Sports Centre, Darebin Rd, Thornbury.
South/East: Rowville Secondary College, Humphreys Way, Rowville.
South/East: Caulfield Park, Field 3, Corner of Inkerman Rd and Park Crescent, Caulfield North, 3162
Ballarat: Morshead Park, Pleasant St (lower synthetic), Ballarat
Bendigo: Epsom Huntly Reserve, 353 Midland Hwy, Huntly
Geelong: Hume Reserve, Hume Reserve Court, Bell Park
Shepparton: McEwan Reserve, Brauman St, Shepparton
Ballarat: GT - Monday 5:00pm - 6:30pm Week starting 15th May
Bendigo: GT (Junior) - Tuesday 6:00pm - 7.30pm Week starting 9th May
GT (Senior) - Thursday 6:00pm - 7.30pm Week starting 18th May
Geelong: GT (Junior) - Monday 5:00pm – 6.30pm Week starting 8th May
GT (Senior) - Monday 6.30pm – 8:00pm Week starting 8th May
Shepparton: GT - Monday 5.30pm – 7:00pm Week starting 24th April