John Curtin College of the Arts’ Football Program is Western Australia’s leading football program in secondary schools.
We provide a holistic education for students within a football environment. Our program addresses the social, academic and athletic abilities of every individual, giving each student the maximum opportunity to succeed. We develop students’ skills, attitude and knowledge to enable them to compete successfully in football at the highest level.
Perth Glory FC Academy School
John Curtin College of the Arts is in partnership with Perth Glory FC to provide students with an elite, professional coaching environment and a clear, structured pathway towards a career in the game.
We are one of only two Perth Glory FC Academy Schools in Western Australia. Academy Schools extend development opportunities throughout the community and into schools.
Your child will have access to:
- Weekly strength and conditioning sessions with an individualised training plan.
- Regular ‘drop-in’ sessions with highly qualified Perth Glory coaches.
- Participation in Glory football school events.
- Perth Glory nutritionists and sports psychologists.
- Expert strength and conditioning and goalkeeper coaches.
- Visits from Glory staff within Football Enrichment lessons.
- Football specific facilities including well maintained grass pitches, interactive classrooms and fitness suite.
- Links to tertiary and industry bodies.
John Curtin College was the first school in Western Australia to offer football as a specialist subject and we have delivered a high quality, specialist football program since 1990.
Our program has produced 25 international representatives, with several graduate students now earning a living playing in Australia or internationally. Many graduates have reached senior national premier league level in male and female competitions, with numerous State and National team representatives at various age levels. Learn more about our Elite Players here.
Our Football Program provides your child with high level technical instruction coupled with a game-centred approach to coaching. The program sequentially moves through practices geared to the appropriate phase of learning, becoming increasingly challenging as students mature. Our program focus includes:
- Technical Development of the four core skills – 1v1; striking the ball; running with the ball; 1st touch.
- Athletic Development – weekly sessions targeting football specific components of fitness.
- Tactical Development – importance of roles and responsibilities and structures and strategies.
- Mental Development – sports psychology and game intelligence.
Our program is supported by the Football Federation of Australia and Football West.
Lower school program
Students participate in four hours of skill development per week and goalkeepers receive an extra hour a week with a specialist goalkeeping coach. All coaching sessions reflect the Football Federation of Australia’s National Curriculum.
Years 7 to 10 students receive two hours a week of Football Enrichment, a classroom-based program with a focus on topics allied to the development of good athletes and good footballers. Topics include nutrition, sports psychology, structures and strategies, laws of the game and the history of football.
The theoretical course complements the practical program and is designed to help students become better prepared footballers physiologically and tactically. It also provides students with vital skills that support their work in other subject areas.
Our whole school Enrichment Program in lower school provides all students the opportunity to work with a range of peers in different learning environments, allowing them to explore and discover new opportunities and collaborations.
Upper school program
All students complete the two year SIS20115 Certificate ll in Sport and Recreation in partnership with our Registered Training Organisation iVET. This course covers units such as Health and Safety, First Aid, Sports Coaching and Performing Sport at a High Level.
Students may choose to study ATAR Physical Education Studies, which can provide credit towards university entry.
All students will complete the Football Federation of Australia Skill Training Licence Coaching Accreditation, Senior First Aid and the Level 4 Referees Accreditation.
Coaching and teaching
All students in the program receive instruction from specially selected teachers who have exhibited a high level of proficiency in both football and teaching.
Our experienced coaches have a range of qualifications including the Football Federation of Australia and Asian Football Confederation A, B and C Licences, Instructor’s Licence, and community based accreditation. All coaches have been involved in State teams and our Head Coach with the Perth Glory Academy.
Our Athletic Development Program is designed and delivered by the Perth Glory Academy coaching staff.
Throughout the school year guest coaches are invited to the college to share their knowledge, skills and experience with students. This provides flexibility and diversity to the program and enables students to experience different coaching styles.
Students can apply for Year 7 to Year 11 and a maximum of 25 players are selected for the program in each year group.
Entry to the program is through selection trials, interviews and school reports. Applications are directly through the college, with Year 6 trials in June and top up other years in July/August.
For further information about the program contact:
Director – Football, Peter Rickers
Download application form: Football Application Form 2023
Year 7-11 students, 2023 applications are now open.