September 29, 2016

Free football coaching with mentoring by world-class players is on offer at Charlton Christian College, says Peter Lalor, the primary sport coordinator at the school.

“Staff at the College are excited about the program as it offers a great mix of fun, with high quality teaching and mentoring by world-class coaches,” he says.

“Best of all, it’s free!”

Central Coast Mariners professional player Josh Rose is managing the academy along with Leo Bertos, who plays as a midfielder for Hamilton Olympic.

“I really look forward to my Friday morning training sessions with the students,” Leo says.

“They are a great group of players who are always willing to learn and better themselves.”

While the academy is still in its early stages, Leo and Josh say they have a long-term goal to provide a high-performance program for elite players who hope to play football professionally one day.

Peter says the program is one of a kind in that it is offered free to students who are enrolled at the College.

“The Football Academy aims to develop students football skills in a fun and safe environment, whilst offering a mentoring program for senior students who are also interested in coaching,” he says.

With a wealth of football knowledge and experience behind them, it comes as no surprise to see the Football Academy flourish in numbers.

“Upon its launch earlier this year, it quickly had 30 students registered each week,” Peter says.

“By Term 2, the Academy had more than doubled and is expected to have over 100 students registered by the end of the year.

“There is a lot of potential for football at the College and it has been a real privilege to be part of setting up Charlton’s first ever football program.”

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