Angus Scarrabelotti heads the ball from Isaac Young. Background: Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Lee, Lismore MP Thomas George and Southern Cross Football Club General Manager Scott Collis.
Angus Scarrabelotti heads the ball from Isaac Young. Background: Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Lee, Lismore MP Thomas George and Southern Cross Football Club General Manager Scott Collis.

Our kids to play the Liverpool Football Club way

UPDATE, 4.30pm: THE GREAT Liverpool Football Club, famous for its passion as much as its prowess, has selected Southern Cross University Football centre as the home of its International Academy for NSW - Liverpool's full-time coaching program in Australia.   

When the academy kicks off in August, Lismore football players, aged seven to 15, and local coaches will have the chance to learn the 'Liverpool way'.  

Southern Cross University Football Club general manager, Scott Collis, said the Liverpool way was very much the Southern Cross way.  

"Liverpool were looking for a presence in Australia. We were looking at ways to make the most of what is a world-class facility here.   

"They hadn't really thought about using a university, but over the course of the year-long discussion, they got to know us and we got to know them. It just clicked.  

"There was a lot of commonality between how they develop young people on and off the pitch and looking at developing values that will help them later in life.  

For Southern Cross University, Prof Peter Lee, the real benefit of the academy for local young people, is its off-pitch legacy.  

"Liverpool tell us out of all their academies, if they only get one player to play at the first level, they would have thought that was successful. One. Out of all these kids around the world that are in Liverpool Academies. So what about all the other kids?  

"You have to give them skills that will make them successful in their life. Communication. Team skills. The ability to lose with grace. A skill which some tennis players might learn one day," Prof Lee said.  

"It's about matching values," he said.  

Lismore Thomas George commended Mr Collis and the star-pulling power of Southern Cross University.  

"Scott had a vision and that vision was achieved through the good name of the university. From what I am hearing, the Liverpool Club are very pleased to be working here," he said.

 Programs will be delivered across NSW, at both the Southern Cross Football Centre in Lismore and at other key locations in major cities across the state.

A wide range of programs are planned, including ongoing player development sessions, coaching within local communities, soccer schools in the holiday season, residential courses, youth tournaments, coach education and a football-specific diploma delivered in conjunction with Southern Cross University.

Mr Collis said, "We are already a very strong area for football. But now there are more opportunities and more pathways for success."  

"I know that Liverpool are planning to come back to Australia and we are hoping we can get some stars on the pitch here.' he said.   

Get involved

Liverpool FC International Academy New South Wales will shortly commence the process of selecting a team of local coaches who work with existing Liverpool FC coaches to deliver authentic LFC program in the second half of 2016.   

In coming weeks, a link to register player participation will be available online:  liverpoolacademyNSW.com.au.

 

UPDATE 8AM: LIVERPOOL Football Club have announced an International Academy for NSW: the Club's first full-time coaching program in Australia. 

Together with partner Southern Cross University, the Reds will deliver ongoing player development programs to youngsters across the state.

The youth coaching program will officially start in August 2016 and will provide unique opportunities for players aged 5 -17 to learn to play 'The Liverpool Way'.

Players will improve their football skills and develop in the technical, tactical, physical and social aspects of the game through age-specific coaching sessions.

Programs will be delivered across NSW, at both the Southern Cross Football Centre in Lismore and at other key locations in major cities across the state.

A wide range of programs are planned, including ongoing player development sessions, coaching within local communities, soccer schools in the holiday season, residential courses, youth tournaments, coach education and a football-specific diploma delivered in conjunction with Southern Cross University.

Through the unique coaching methods of Liverpool FC, there will also be a focus on improving key life skills of the young participants, such as communication, teamwork, confidence, preparation and organisation.

In addition, LFC and SCU will train local Australian coaches, providing career opportunities as well as helping to develop the game in Australia, Liverpool Football Club ambassador, Ian Rush said.

"We have a huge number of fans in Australia, so setting-up a full-time coaching program in the country is a great opportunity for those youngsters to learn to play the Liverpool way through this partnership," he said.  

"The enthusiasm and passion for LFC in the country is amazing, so I'm sure this initiative will be a huge success. 

"On all the LFC International Academy projects around the world we aim to develop players both on and off the pitch and this will be no different."

General manager of the Southern Cross Football Centre, Scott Collis, said this was a wonderful opportunity for young players across the North Coast, and will provide a major boost for Lismore.

"Southern Cross University is proud to be partnering with one of the most recognised and prestigious names in world sport.

"Liverpool Football Club has a glorious footballing tradition and an exciting future.

"We are enthusiastic about being part of that future.

"Our recognised expertise across the health and sports disciplines, both in research and teaching, will complement the delivery of Liverpool Football Club International Academy programs in New South Wales."

Head of LFC's International Academies, Dan White, said the club were delighted to be bringing the LFC International Academy to New South Wales.

"Having worked closely with Scott and the team at Southern Cross University I am delighted that they are our partner of choice," he said.

"I have no doubt that the implementation and delivery of LFC's unique player development program in New South Wales will serve to enhance local players and coaches alike."

Liverpool FC International Academy New South Wales will shortly commence the process of selecting a team of local coaches who work with existing Liverpool FC coaches to deliver authentic LFC program in the second half of 2016.

For more information please visit www.liverpoolacademyNSW.com.au

 

WEDNESDAY 5AM: MEDIA have been called to Southern Cross University later this morning for an announcement featuring a "big name in world sport".

The collaboration is believed to be with an English Premier League club.

The announcement is set to take place at the Southern Cross Football Centre in East Lismore at 10.30am.



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