Lismore’s Liverpool FC International Academy NSW has kicked off its engagement with our region with the commencement of a 7 week coach education program aimed at selecting and training the team of local coaches who will deliver the club’s first full time coaching program in Australia.
The partnership between the world famous club and Lismore’s Southern Cross University was announced in April and since then the newly formed Liverpool International Academy NSW has recruited former Liverpool Academy Coach James Gow as Head Coach and called for interested local football people to join the team.
“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response” says Academy General Manager Scott Collis. “We have 35 coaches who have committed to a 7 week coach education program. The response has been so great we have had to put on extra training nights to accommodate everyone” Mr Collis said.
Head Coach James Gow has also been impressed “It is fantastic to see such a high level of commitment. We will look to harness that ambition and provide a platform for the coaching team to develop, learn and ultimately teach through “The Liverpool Way”. We’ve united a group of coaches for this innovative collaboration who all come with their own unique background and a wealth of knowledge. It’s a really exciting time” Mr Gow said.
Over the coming 7 weeks trainee coaches from as far away as Maclean and Ocean Shores will attend 2 sessions each week before decisions are made on roles at the academy based on individual coaches level of development and availability. Roles on offer will also depend on the level of demand from local players but Mr Collis says the signs are good with already a great deal of interest.
“We have received hundreds of emails from interested players, it has been very encouraging to see the level of interest building as we develop”.
Local players attending Liverpool International Academy programs have access to the most authentic club coaching program bringing together LFC Academy philosophy and practices with a focus on key life skills such as communication, team work, problem solving and goal setting.
“We are planning on hosting an information open night for local families in late September where we will give all the details of what we will be offering. I can say now that we are actively looking for ways to combine the proven Liverpool coaching programs with the highly regarded sports science expertise of Southern Cross University to create a truly unique opportunity for young players in our region” Mr Collis said.
Local junior players interested in joining the Liverpool International Academy NSW should contact the Academy via www.LiverpoolAcademyNSW.com.au .