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Liverpool International Academy launches in Sydney

Liverpool International Academy has launched in Sydney with free holiday clinics throughout June and July to supplement player development and create pathways through football.

Liverpool FC is a name that is synonymous with success. It has a storied history as a football club, as well as a rich history of achievement on and off the park. The LFC International Academy is an extension of this successful culture – by partnering with education providers, their aim is to not only improve people as footballers, but also create opportunities in the sporting industry for those who take part in their new Sydney-based program.

The program offers girls and boys aged 5-17 the opportunity to benefit from an authentic Liverpool FC coaching experience delivered by a team of accredited coaches. By using first-team players as role models, the coaches aim to develop the player as a whole – across technical, tactical, social, mental and physical elements while instilling the club’s values of Ambition, Commitment, Dignity, and Unity.

Chris Adams is the technical director of the academy and says that the difference between the LFC International Academy and other similar programs is that they offer further educational goals beyond developing the players on the pitch.

“The academy program is currently based in New South Wales. We are trying something a little bit different from other academies because we have partnered with education provider The Australian College of Physical Education,” Adams said. 

The Australian College of Physical Education is an independent tertiary institution focused on physical education, coaching, and sports management. It was founded in 1917 and is based at Sydney Olympic Park. The academy will have access to these state-of-the-art facilities to give the best possible facilities to the players who take part.

General Manager Scott Collins says that the opportunity for players to further develop through education and football creates a unique offering from the academy.

“This partnership will create an environment for young players and families that will improve their knowledge and skill of football but also deliver educational outcomes to participants as well,” he said.

“Through our programs, we aim to inspire people to be the best they can be, to enable opportunity and to create an environment for success on and off the pitch.”

The format of the academy is to offer supplementary training to players while they continue to develop at their clubs, while also creating opportunities for them in a career in sport. 

 “We aren’t competing with the clubs or representative sides. We want to work with them to help develop these players to the best they can be. They continue to play for their clubs because our aim to develop them on and off the park,” Adams said.

Adams holds an AFC/FFA ‘A’ License in coaching and says that offering players the best coaching is paramount to their development as players.

“If we can make them better players and provide better opportunities for them in sport then we have succeeded. Having professional coaching and a professional pathway beyond this goes a long way,” he said.

Adams highlighted the strong partnerships available to the academy as its strength, as they aim to give players opportunities within sport beyond just playing.

“The facilities are fantastic, as well the pathway offered beyond just playing. If we can develop a player and allow them to pursue a career in sport then they are achieving what we set out to do,” he said.

The academy has also partnered with St Narsai Assyrian Christian College as their first school partnership. The Liverpool International Academy plans to continue partnering with other schools to strengthen its ties to the community and grow the program.

Currently, the school program offers eight weeks of professional coaching to school-aged children during the term. The program is centred around education and is a cornerstone of how the academy gauges the development of attendees.

With plans to grow the academy Australia-wide, New South Wales is just the first step in a larger plan for the academy. The Liverpool International Academy is running several free holiday clinics around Sydney over June and July which can be found here – featuring the same training programs and methods used at the Liverpool Academy in the UK, giving players the best coaching possible.

The Liverpool International Academy aims to ensure through the combination of football and education, participants will never walk alone throughout their footballing career.

Granville & District Soccer Football Association announce brand-new X-League

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The Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA) have announced the creation of a new top tier local Men’s Seniors competition, named the X-League.

Kicking off in March of 2022, the GDSFA will be looking to play 22 rounds of football competition each and every Friday evenings across the Granville Association. In addition, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the organisers have thrown into the mix to assure that this will be one of the most appealing local Senior Men’s competition across NSW.

Such incentives include:

  • Livestream Broadcast & Commentary of ‘Match of the Round’
  • Local officials and talent officiating matches
  • 2 Leagues (X-League 1 and X-League 2)
  • 12 Teams in each league
  • Single Team format of up to 20 players per team
  • Promotion and Relegation
  • Prize Money for Premiers and Champions
  • Season Launch Party with special guest
  • End of Season Player & Team Awards Evening
  • Entry into Australia’s oldest knockout competition “The Cottam Cup”
  • NPL Opportunities
  • ‘Match of the Round’ played at the legendary Melita Stadium home of the Parramatta Eagles FC

Granville & District Soccer FA’s General Manager Scott Sadler was looking forward to the new challenge of this concept, that was struck up with a few local and passionate Club administrators wanting to promote, collaborate and deliver new ways of getting more people interested with the world game.

“Back in May, myself and Joe Bacha (Rydalmere FC’s First Grade Coach) met at a café to catch up and chew the fat over the state of play of GDSFA football,” Sadler said.

“As many will know it’s not been an easy ride for them over the last few years, and Joe wanted to bring some of his observations and ideas on how we could improve our Men’s Premier League given we had gone from having 10 teams in the 2020 season and reduced to six in the 2021 season.

“Rydalmere FC have shown great character in rebuilding their club culture and in turn they have seen the fruits of their labour with a fantastic facility being constructed. We started to get some ideas down on paper and the ball was rolling, but Covid lockdown reared its ugly head for round 2 and so we got stuck into battening down the hatches.

“A working group was eventually formed, and the brainstorming sessions commenced every Wednesday, and are still ongoing looking at how we could make the Men’s Premiership Competition more viable and inclusive for all clubs to get involved.

“It has been great to watch the clubs coming together and collaborating on ideas, and between them they have come up with the concept of the X-League.”

Even though the league will be open to Men’s for the 2022 season, the Association has stated that plans are underway to offer this league concept towards the Women and Youth clubs in the football mad area.

“We are definitely looking at expanding in both the Women’s and Youth sectors once we get the Men’s off the ground in 2022 as that has always been our intention,” they said.

“GDSFA is the OG of football within Australia, we may not have done everything right along the way, but we have helped to shape football in some way shape or form.

“With the X-League, we are wanting to offer grassroots football a high standard of football for a very competitive membership fee, giving value for money for each player involved.”

Football Queensland team up with Queensland University of Technology to deliver programs for players and coaches

Football Queensland have announced a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to deliver various coaching courses and social football programs for students.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Officer, Kate Lawson, stated that students completing their studies at QUT can register to undertake a free MiniRoos coaching course on Wednesday, 20 October at QUT Stadium.

“This MiniRoos coaching course is aimed at any QUT students – including international students – who want to begin their coach education journey,” she said.

“There are opportunities opening up for qualified coaches to work with Football Queensland to deliver programs for women and girls, multicultural communities and in schools.

“We know that Queensland universities are home to thousands of football enthusiasts, and we are keen to work with educational institutions across the state to support students and grow the game.

“Beginning next Wednesday, 27 October, students will be able to participate in an eight-week Connecting Through Sport Mixed Multicultural Social Football program.

“I encourage all students to come along and get involved in the MiniRoos coaching course or the social football program.”

Football Queensland’s partnership with the university has come off the back of an informal social football program that has been running at the college since August of last year.

QUT Sport Project Coordinator Michael Jordan said of the partnership: “QUT Sport is delighted to be partnering with Football Queensland to offer a range of social and coaching opportunities for QUT students.

“We are excited about the upcoming coaching course and the Connecting Through Sports program to encourage students to be active, meet new people and learn some new football skills.”

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