Andy Petterson appointed as Academy Technical Director

Andy Petterson appointed as Academy Technical Director

Posted on July 13, 2013 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup Soccer Club is pleased to confirm the appointment of Andy Petterson as the Club’s Academy Technical Director.

Andy comes to the club with a lengthy professional career in the game. He was one of the first Australian born players to break through into professional football in England, and the first  Western Australian to play in the English Premier League, making his debut in its inaugural 1992/93 season for Ipswich Town against Nottingham Forest. Over his 16 year playing career in English football, he played for clubs including Luton Town, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning promotion to the Premier League with both Charlton Athletic and West Bromwich Albion. In addition Andy was a player and Goalkeeper Coach for the Newcastle Jets in the inaugural A-League 2005/06 season.

“The Club looks forward to the role Andy will play in advancing the Club’s vision and philosophy in the coming years. Working closely with the many experienced and influential coaches that we already have at the Club and who are actively involved in our successful Youth Academy, I believe Andy with the broader coaching staff, will further improve our coaching program and provide a stronger platform for the development of the game in Western Australia and strengthen our own Premier League Team” ECU Joondalup Soccer Club President Steve Wheatley said.

“Over recent years the Club has assisted in the development of players such as current Glory players Josh Risdon and Brandon O’Neill, as well as Middlesbrough captain Rhys Williams, Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd and Millwall defender Shane Lowry. Young players such as 16 years olds Cameron Burgess and Jordan Lyden who are now at Fulham and Aston Villa, are further examples of the successful player development and coaching programs that we believe will continue with Andy as the Club’s Technical Director,” Steve Wheatley added.

Andy Petterson, who has been a specialist coach at the Club’s highly successful Youth Academy since 2008 and Assistant Coach to the Club’s All Flags State Premier League Team, brings to the position of Technical Director an enormous wealth of experience gained from a 16 year professional playing career in English football, from having worked with some of the most highly regarded and experienced coaches in Australia and England, and given his involvement in professional club academies in England with elite and high performance player and coaching programs.

“Having worked with a number of highly regarded and experienced coaches in both Australia and the UK throughout my professional career, I believe I have gained invaluable experiences and insights into how to develop and advance players to perform to the best of their ability at all levels from juniors to elite professionals.” ECU Joondalup Soccer Club’s New Technical Director, Andy Petterson said.

“ECU Joondalup has some great facilities and very experienced coaches, who have all played at some of the highest levels, and all of whom want to work with our young players and develop their game here. I am of the firm opinion that working with them, with the support of the Club’s Committee and given the Club’s clear vision and footballing philosophy, ECU Joondalup will continue to have a major role in Western Australian and Australian football.” Andy Petterson added.

Andy presently holds an Asian Football Confederation “C” Coaching License and in 2013/14 will be looking to complete the “B” Coaching License.

ECU Joondalup Soccer Club welcomes Andy to the full-time role of Technical Director, and looks forward to the strengthening and continued improvement of the Club’s coaching and youth development programs and growth of the Club.