top of page


Football Smarts Academy is fun, supportive and encouraging environment for developing the fundamentals of football including core skills, attacking and defending. The reason it exists is to help players learn the fundamentals of the game in a non-competitive environment. See us on Facebook / Instagram or check flier for email contact.

At our Academy & School holiday programs we focus on developing confidence and creativity with the ball (ball mastery). This is done through making sure each player has a ball at their feet regularly, by playing small sided games and understanding the roles of players as well as positioning in preparation for larger game formats. This assists in improving football decision making including purposeful execution of football skills

Football Smarts™ released a first football-themed app "My Club Statistics" in 2020. 



FootballSmartsAcademy HR ByCathLeo-65.jpg

Gene has worked with players from Under 5 through to Under 18 and has coached within the Football South Australia SAP/SDP/STIC programs with players aged between U9- U14. He enjoys seeing players being positive and brave with their football and watching many progress through to higher levels of the game be that through Senior NPL grades, the FSA State teams between u13 and u16 or  into Adelaide United's NPL Senior teams. Gene took an U12 team to Manchester City's famous academy in 2017 as part of their football journey and would very much like to repeat such a trip! He is always keen to work with young, enthusiastic players of all clubs. Gene is helped U14 & U18 NPL teams as well as helping with coach development in 2023. In 2024 he is Sturt Lions' U18 coach.  

  • AFC/FFA B Licence

  • FFSA SAP/SDP 2015-2020

  • Sturt Lions FC 2013-2023



Alan's coaching experience ranges from U6 through to Senior Mens Football, He was awarded 'Australian Coach of the Year 2013/14, has coached within the Football South Australia SAP/STIC programs and is the current MiniRoo Technical Director at Sturt Lions FC. Alan has a passion for the "Skills factory" sessions that he runs on the morning of all holiday clinics ensuring that each player can develop the necessary functional ball and game skills for the future. He is currently the coach of Sturt Lions U16 JPL A.  


FootballSmartsAcademy HR ByCathLeo-406.jpg

Jason is a C-Licensed coach who has extensive experience at both Birkalla and Sturt Lions FC working with all age groups between U6-U17. He has coached within the SAP program for U11-U12 and is currently the u18 assistant coach at Sturt Lions. Jason has a passion for the game and is still running around Hewitt, Manson or Karinya on Friday nights scoring goals regularly! A great role model for our young players. 

bottom of page