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  • What age group is my child in?
    For football, the age group is determined by the child's year of birth. For 2024 the age groups are as follows: U4s - born 2020 U5s - born 2019 U6s - born 2018 U7s - born 2017 U8s - born 2016 U9s - born 2015 U10s - born 2014 U11s - born 2013 U12s - born 2012 U13s - born 2011 U14s - born 2010 U15s - born 2009 U16s - born 2008
  • Does my child have to have played club football?
    No. The academy does group according to ability where possible but will always try to make the game fun and engaging for new players too. There is an expectation that the players enjoy the game and want to participate. If your child is new to the game it is recommended they enrol 1-2 age groups below their age. For example, if they are u10 in 2024 but new, they are better suited to an u8/9 group.
  • Who coaches my child?
    The Academy sessions are designed and led by Gene and/or Alan. In the event of a COVID close contact case for example, either of these coaches may be replaced to allow an academy to take place. Jason Garrett and Mitch Hume offer support at clinics.
  • Can I arrange some 1 on 1 coaching for my child (or mentoring)?
    This is possible, with a price on application depending on need. Gene is available for mentoring junior players: either with feedback from watching training and or games or running 1 on 1 or 2/3 on 1 sessions. Mentoring might include training sessions, watching club games or simply a phone based chat WITH the parent and child to communicate on a weekly basis at a set time to discuss all things football. Please contact us via the website. Mentoring is specifically for players that demonstrate a willingness to learn and to commit to higher level training. It isn't for beginners or players that are discovering the game.
  • Where are the sessions?
    Sessions are at Karinya Reserve as part of the new $3m build for Sturt Lions FC or at Hewitt Reserve, Blackwood or at Clapham Primary School, Clapham. Location will be dependent on availability and suitability of weather.
  • Is this a fulltime academy?
    In future, more sessions will be added to meet need without dropping the quality of what is offered throughout different regions. It is expected to add to a club player's weekly training sessions, not to replace them.
  • Will the academy enter into the Premier Academy League in Summer 2024?
    This is being explored. More information will follow at a later date.
  • Does my child have to be a Sturt Lions FC player?
    No. The academy sessions are open to all players. Come and join us! All players wear Football Smarts kit, and are not affiliated with any one club.
  • Who took the photos on the website?
    Contact @Cathleo on Instagram. She's an amazing photographer!
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