The College has a proud history of footballing excellence and provides its students with an elite developmental pathway, commencing with entry to the Football Excellence Program at Year 7 and culminating with acceptance into the prestigious Northern Football Academy in Year 10.
Football Excellence Program
The Football Excellence Program is an elite pathway program for selected Year 7-9 students. The Year 7 and 8 Football Excellence Program operates before or after school and are coached by qualified AFC licensed staff members and sessional coaches. Thirty to fifty students in each year level are selected and train all year to prepare for Premier League competitions, intercollegiate Futsal Tournaments as well as other tournaments culminating in around fifteen matches a year. The program aligns itself with the practices that will best prepare the footballer for the elite level as well as catering for the fresh and new beginner. All coaches prepare the most suitable practices for the ages they coach.
The Year 9 Football Excellence Program prepares the student for a more advance preparation into the world of football. Both male and females are competitively selected and operate as elective subjects via two double lessons a week with a specific coach designated to each gender. On average, 16 to 22 boys and between 14 to 18 girls are selected. Selection includes a trial process and entry into the program is based upon specific technical abilities and game awareness based on contemporary football curriculum.
The Year 7, 8 and 9 programs are designed to flow into the Northern Football Academy. The progression from the youngest age up to the Academy and then into senior years is one that requires a drive to want to succeed academically as well as possessing a passion for football. The programs aim to mould the whole person, their leadership, their attitude and their management between football and study.
Students within the Football Excellence Program may also apply concurrently for entry into the College’s Athlete Development Program and receive further high performance service provision. See here for more information.