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First Grade

NPL Head Coach – Jim van Weeren.

“Jim has been a Head Coach at the Academy since day one. Holding the positions of U15 coach in 2015/16, Jim was charged with the U18 Head Coach position for the 2016/17 and 2017/18, winning the Premiership and the Championship in both seasons. In the past 3 years, Jim has become our NPL/Y-League Head Coach and Senior Academy Manager, helping our top players transition into our A-League Mens squad and overseas. Prior to Sydney FC Jim, spent 5 years at Manly United, gaining valuable experience in the club’s renowned Skill Acquisition Program and as Head Coach of teams in the NPL Youth competition. Since 2013 he was been the club’s Assistant Technical Director, overseeing the development of the club’s playing style from U12 to U16 and the implementation of annual training plans for all squads. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching and has completed his FFA A Licence. Jim also did work at our Academy School, Narrabeen Sports High.

“Over the last ten years, it’s been my job to observe and evaluate coaches and Technical Directors around Australia. I’ve seen Jim at the Academy and I think he is first class. I’ve been very impressed with his coaching style, his obvious rapport with young players and his ability to take on board new ideas and implement them.” – Academy Director Kelly Cross.

Assistant Coach – Howard Fondyke

Click here for the 1st Grade team’s fixtures & results.

1st Grade Squad:

  • Adrian Segecic 
  • Clayton Taylor
  • Jake Girdwood-Reich
  • Joseph Calusic
  • Luka Smyth
  • Ben Gibson 
  • Corey Hollman
  • Harry Aquilina
  • Kai Kamikura 
  • Kealey Adamson
  • Oscar Priestman
  • Aidan Simmons
  • Cameron Fong
  • Jaiden Kucharski
  • Jayden Trenkoski
  • Zac Sapsford
  • Aaron Gurd
  • Nathan Grimaldi