ECU Joondalup SC Academy Report

ECU Joondalup SC Academy Report

Posted on August 24, 2019 in 'News'

The ECU Joondalup SC NPL Technical Director of Football has given his report of the current season.

It has been a very productive season in the NPL junior academy as we enter the last 5 games of the season for our U13-U16s squads. In the 70 NPL games so far across the teams and in both stages of the NPL format we’ve won 47, drawn 10 and lost 13. What’s more impressive is the goal scoring feats of our junior sides as they’ve scored 254 goals and conceded only 74 along the way. However, as a club we don’t just look at results, we look to nurture and develop our players and promote from within.

We have players playing up at least 1-2 years in all of our age groups as we look to accelerate their development for senior football. A number of players have transitioned successfully this season from junior to senior football, with the likes of Danny Douglas, Toby Snook, Callum Piper, Oli Makin, Joe Birch, Jack Doyle, Joe Pollard and Logan Muirhead appearing for our senior sides. We’ve had the likes of Fraser Dunlop, Ben Hinshelwood, Noah Lea-Wittstrom, Sam Foster, Joe Pollard and Lewis Tucker invited to FFA elite games for talent identification for Australia U17s.

We are also proud to have had players called into WA representative squads once again. This something that has been pretty consistent throughout the history of the club and we are happy to announce the trend continuing, with 5 players selected for the U12s State School boys this year. There are also 12 ECU players travelling to Coffs Harbour for the National Youth Championships for U13/14s this September and right now we have 6 U15s away with the State team in China. Jake Turner proudly represented WA last month with the State U19s too in Indonesia.

This level of representation is a testament to the enormous efforts of our coaches, volunteers, practicum students and parents. Without your sacrifices and commitment throughout the season these kind of opportunities for our players would not be possible. It’s an exciting time to be at the club, our relationship with the university continues to improve week on week and there are some exciting times ahead, both on and off the pitch.

It is also heartening to see how many academy players are now playing first team football now. Last weekend, 9 of the starting 11 had played academy football at the club which I dare say, few other clubs can boast. It’s this promotion of players from within that bodes well for the future and sustainability of ECU Joondalup SC, the kids are alright.

Mark Scanlan
NPL Technical Director of Football