GT A Grade Program
The TUFC GT A Grade Program is now in its fourth year and 2023 is going
to be bigger than ever! Conceived in 2020 by Troy Pegler (Club Captain) and Richard Ellis (BPL U21 Coach), the program has evolved to include the following key objectives:
⚽ Raise the overall standards of our coaching
⚽ Ensure more teams are competition in the top tiers Central Coast Football’s local competition.
⚽ Provide professional, technical guidance and coaching expertise to coaches and players
⚽ Provide players with a developmental pathway from club level to the local representative framework.
⚽ Provide players who have representative aspirations with a more professional approach to their football experience
⚽Provide players with an alternative advanced pathway in lieu of travelling to Newcastle/Sydney
The key components of the program include:
⚽ Highly qualified and experienced Technical Director leading coaches and player
⚽ FFA/AFC qualified and/or highly experienced coaches delivering the National Curriculum
⚽ Minimum 2 nights a week training
⚽ Sponsor provided training kits, polo shirts, game day bags & tracksuits (pending available sponsorship)
⚽ Regular newsletter (pending suitable graphic designer available)
⚽Regular GT A Grade program meetings to celebrate successes, review, highlight key events and preview upcoming training plans and fixtures
Latest GT A Grade News
Technical Director - Peter Edwards
Terrigal United FC are beyond thrilled to announce that BPL Head Coach Peter Edwards will oversee the GT A Grade program for Season 2023.
As a FFA Youth and Senior B Licensed coach, Pete has forged out a true passion for the beautiful game – both playing and coaching gathering over two decades experience under his belt, including:
⚽ B Licenced FFA Licenced Coach
⚽ Current Youth Technical Director at Central Coast Mariners
⚽ Women’s NPL Head Coach at Central Coast Mariners 2021/22
⚽ Central Coast Football Coach of the Year 2020/21
⚽ Ex Professional footballer playing in UK and Australia at teams such as Newcastle United School of Excellence (UK), Kidderminster Harriers (UK), Blacktown, Leichhardt, Central Coast Lightning and representing NSW State teams in both football and futsal.
Coming off the back off an incredibly successful season, we look to expand on our development with Pete’s expertise leading the way.
Club Captain Troy Pegler comments:
I am looking forward to the continued development of TUFC’s future stars. Our already strong record and coaching ranks will benefit from a curriculum based approach to the Game Training Phase.
Pete expanded on his appointment:
I am excited to be announced as the 2023 Technical Director
for TUFC. The club has a long and proud history of producing successful teams
and developing a constant pool of talented footballers. From the great work of
Troy and Richard over the years, TUFC created a GT A Grade program that
provides players with a real development pathway in their football journeys.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to help take this program further, as we
look to build on the previous successes.
Personally I am very passionate about youth development as I get to work with the future stars of tomorrow. The importance of having ‘good coaching and mentors’ at keys stages of your football development often is the difference in players becoming successful or even continuing to play the sport in later life.
I will bring my passion, experience and knowledge to the TUFC GT A Grade program and help coaches and players get the best out of their football, both on and off the field.
Pathway to Representative Football
Central Coast United and Terrigal United FC have come together to bridge the gap between the different tiers of competition, and forge bonds with key stakeholders within the Central Coast football community. This initiative will make provision of a more collaborative and holistic approach to player development. Central Coast United now have a unique opportunity to provide local players with a pathway to professional football. The co-operative approach to player progression between Terrigal United FC and Central Coast United, will establish a model that ensures players from all local clubs can progress to the elite level of an A-League Academy in conjunction with the Central Coast Mariners.
At the forefront of this partnership is talent identification and player development. The partnership is already well under way, with train-on players engaging in training sessions with CCU Game Training representative squads towards the end of each season.
In 2023, the two clubs will resume friendly fixtures between the respective GT (U14-U18) teams after the inaugural landmark event in 2021, continuing the football blueprint that will develop inter-club relationships, and unite the code on the Central Coast to ensure our elite players are competitive at regional, state and national levels.
Central Coast United’s link with Soccer5s will assist in ensuring the availability of high-level training facilities. Terrigal United FC, along with other local clubs, will benefit from the premier all-weather training facility on the Central Coast. With targeted training programs and small-sided competitions all year round catering to all playing abilities, football has never been more accessible.
This exciting symbiotic relationship, between two of the Central Coast’s most recognisable football clubs, is a small step forward in the broader perspective of Australian football. However, it represents positive progression from a local perspective and is one of the most exciting contemporary initiatives within the realm of Central Coast football.
General Manager Matthew Crowell on the partnership: “We are delighted to partner with Terrigal United FC When they reached out and said they wanted to help and support the pathway, I was thrilled, as this is what I’ve wanted for a long time. In my eyes, we should have relationships with all the local clubs on the Central Coast. We are not here to compete with them, we are here to work with them and give every single aspiring child or adult a chance to play representative football. It is very difficult for us to get to the local games, so having partners that can help us identify more players is a huge benefit for us as a football club. Terrigal has a superb youth program that is run by Richard Ellis and Troy Pegler and by working with us, hopefully, it can help their program become even better.”