Sydney FC & Illawarra Sports High Partner Up


Sydney FC are proud to announce an official partnership with Illawarra Sports High School, a step forward to assist young players in the Illawarra area with access and a pathway to the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League.

Illawarra Sports High School will be the fourth to join Sydney FC’s network of partnered schools; alongside Endeavour Sports High, Narrabeen Sports High and Bossley Park High.

 The recent addition to Sydney FC’s network will ensure young footballers in the Illawarra region have the opportunity to develop and foster their skills and pursue their passion. Those involved in the program will gain access to A-License accredited coaches, who will be providing guidance in training sessions to further development. The program will also include access to Sydney FC Talent ID and development days as well as admission to home games and visits to the Sydney FC first team training sessions.

Sydney FC Academy Director, Kelly Cross, stated, “We want all the players in our Illawarra program to feel part of the Sydney FC family, regardless of who they play for or what level they compete at. Our Football School programs have proved over recent years that they will help players reach their potential, whatever that may be.”

Of Sydney FC academy’s current squad, boys from Wollongong comprise 10% of players. Showcasing the strength of young players coming from the Illawarra region. Exceptional players in the program will be recommended for possible selection to train with the academy.

Cross added, “Expanding our network of Sydney FC Football School Programs into the Illawarra area is part of our club’s intent to help as many young players as we can, not just the 80 or so that we have in our Academy. Our Football Schools focus on individual improvement; players are guided to develop a wide range of skills, which we believe will help them play the game at a higher level.”

The Sydney FC Football School program continues to play a crucial role in player development in Sydney and we welcome Illawarra Sports School into the school’s network.


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