Liverpool Football Club have announced a new partnership with the Australian College for Physical Education, with the partnership set to see Liverpool take their youth education programmes over to Australia.
Liverpool FC International Academy NSW will have multiple different sites across the whole of Sydney, and will provide opportunities for players aged 5-17, to play and learn from unique coaches.
The Academy will provide year-round coaching programmes and short soccer school sessions for kids during the school holiday, and they have promised to develop players with their on field and off field conduct.
It is also an opportunity for young local coaches in Sydney as well as players, as they will have the opportunity to be trained by the LFC International Academy global accreditation system to develop their coaching skills.
Liverpool ambassador and legend Ian Rush said: "This is such an exciting opportunity to be bringing the LFC International Academy to Sydney.
"The support we receive from our fans in Australia is phenomenal and it’s always a fantastic experience to visit our supporters and see just how much the club means to them.
"I have no doubt that the implementation and delivery of LFC's unique player development programme will create memorable opportunities for these young players, and the coaches, and help to enhance their playing ability.
The ACPE is designed for students who are looking to springboard their careers and professionals looking to widen their prospects in the sports industry. The ACPE says a key part of its mission is helping young people understand the range of careers available in professional sport and the skills needed to make that dream a reality.
New Liverpool FC International Academy NSW general manager Scott Collis commented: "We are bringing together the proven football methodology and philosophy of the world-famous Liverpool Football Club with the expertise and teaching resources of Australia’s leading independent higher education provider for specialist degrees in Sport, Education, Health, Sport Business and Dance.
"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.
"At the core of what we do is a belief in a holistic approach to development. Better people do truly make better players.
"I can’t wait to see players at all levels across Sydney benefit from our unique offering and partnership with LFC."
"We are working with a small number of like-minded school partners to commence the Liverpool FC International Academy NSW in terms three and four this year, with the expectation that we expand our footprint, via additional schools, across NSW next year," Collis added.