Football school to train future stars

SEVEN Hunter children have joined a new private school for footballers that will open on January 30 on the Central Coast. 

The school’s goal is to produce   youths capable of playing for the Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and overseas clubs.

It will cater for up to 200 students from years 5 to 10, each paying $4800 a year for academic studies and daily football training at Mount Penang.

Glendale’s Tracy Williams has enrolled her son Kyle in year 7 at the school.

Kyle, 12, aims to one day play for the Socceroos.

Mrs Williams said her son would play for Hamilton Olympic, as well as attending the school.

‘‘We were thinking about sending him to Hunter Sports High, but when we heard about this new school we decided to send him there for the opportunities it will provide,’’ Mrs Williams said.

Students will do up to two hours of  training a day and study other subjects such as English, maths, science, geography, history, art, music, technology and language.

The football school’s policies include no homework, zero tolerance on bullying and ‘‘project-based learning and solving real-life challenges’’, rather than traditional teaching methods.

Football coaches at the co-ed school will include former Central Coast Mariners Andre Gumprecht and Bradley Porter, and ex-Matildas Julie Dolan and Joey Peters.

Paul Chapman, the school’s chief executive, said 60 kids had enrolled in the school and he ‘‘hoped to get 100 before we open’’.

Mr Chapman said seven Hunter kids had enrolled.

Buses to the school will run from Doyalson and Gosford railway station.

Mr Chapman, who is a teacher, said he got the idea for the school from Europe.

‘‘They are 40 years in front of us with the integration of football and school, particularly in France,’’ he said.

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