ECU Joondalup SC launches Women’s Academy

ECU Joondalup SC launches Women’s Academy

Posted on September 29, 2020 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup SC (ECU Joondalup) is spearheading the development of a talent pool of elite Western Australian female footballers by establishing a dedicated Women’s Football Academy in 2021.

Led by Director of Football, Kenny Lowe, the new Academy will deliver customised, high-quality programs designed to meet the specific needs of girls and women playing at a competitive level.

Experienced female players who can demonstrate high potential through Under 12s, Under 14s, Under 16s, Under 23s and the First Team will have the opportunity to apply.

The Women’s Academy will focus on developing player proficiency by addressing both individual and team skills and abilities.

In line with Kenny’s philosophy that it takes more than natural talent to become a top footballer, programs will also concentrate on sustained physical health, positive mental wellbeing and resilience.

“Our culture is based on creating a highly professional and supportive environment across the club which will instil pride and positive values among young players,” he said.

Following on from ECU Joondalup’s recent announcement that it will scrap Academy fees for young male players, female players will also only pay for their kit.

“We believe that entering the Academy should be based in skill and passion for the game, not on whether a player’s family can afford the fees,” said Kenny.

Other ECU Joondalup’s initiatives to level the playing field for women players include:

  1. Female Academy Committee members who will actively define, guide, and steer the women’s program development and decision-making
  2. Active recruitment of female coaches and support staff to provide positive role models and enhance the club culture
  3. Holistic programs that will harness, and extend overall capabilities of female players, to enable them to break through traditional barriers and overcome hurdles.

ECU Joondalup’s State Women’s League Manager, Vanessa O’Brien, said the new Women’s Academy is a huge step forward for women’s sport in Western Australia.

“I encourage talented, aspiring and committed players to step forward and register their interest,” she said.

“The 2023 World Cup will change women’s soccer in Australia, and we want to set the benchmark locally.”

Experienced female players who are able to demonstrate a high level of skill and commitment to the game, as well as personal qualities of excellence are invited to register for our trials by clicking here.