The Rowville Sports Academy, connected to Rowville Secondary College, is keen to grow our female football program and increase numbers and is now offering trials till the end of October to any soccer girls currently in Grade 6 through to Grade 11.

RSA is a specialist program embedded into the Rowville Secondary College and is conducted during normal school hours. The beauty of the program is that it offers additional opportunities and support to local soccer players to improve their technical, tactical, physical and emotional qualities during school hours without changing clubs.

In the junior years( Grade 7 and 8) there are 30 periods per week, 20 of which are the normal academic classroom curriculum with 10 sessions set aside for specialist football coaching and other components we feel are vital to assist in young players realising their full potential. The ratio of academic versus football periods changes as the students move towards the senior years where their studies take preference. This is done by removing LOTE and PE as available subjects until students select electives in year 9 and above.

The 10 x 50 minute football sessions per week are broken down into technical, tactical and recovery sessions working through a curriculum we have created with some alignment with the National Curriculum but with the opportunity to implement other 'best world practices' we feel need to be added.

Stuart Munro has extensive coaching experience within A League, NPL and youth and junior development programs, Bobby MacLachlan has been around many years and brings his vast amount of football experience to the school program, Roy Lawton is our Goalkeeper coach with again a vast amount of experience in local football and myself have been involved in elite youth development for over 20 years. On top of all that, we have female coaches from Melbourne City attached to the program as we are one of several schools associated with the Melbourne City Sports School Foundation.

A recent $4 million dollar sports precinct addition including indoor halls for futsal, changing rooms with ice bath recovery areas and an amazing rehabilitation gymnasium operated by sports specialists from the RISE HEALTH GROUP offer students programs in recovery, athletic conditioning as well as access to physios, podiatrists and nutritionists.

Graduates of the program in recent years have been Jake Brimmer- Liverpool and Australia, Rashid Mahazi- Melb Victoria, Paulo Retre- Melb City, Dominic Kurasik- Brentford FC, Peter Skapetis-Stoke City, Tiffany Eliadis- ex South Melb and winner of FFV Player of the Year and Golden Boot for WPNL.

We are keen to create a similar pathway for local female players as we have done with our boys program with many students going onto youth squads with both Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

Trials are conducted during normal school hours with no impact on club training. Successful candidates must also show a good level of academic work ethic and solid behaviour characteristics.

If you are looking for a school that can offer your young players additional work to enhance their performance for your team at weekends then please encourage your players or their parents to give me a call now on 0407804790 to organise a trial.

Ian Greener