Melbourne City FC is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed between Rowville Secondary College and the Melbourne City College of Football program.
Melbourne City FC celebrated the new partnership by inviting Rowville College Principal Glenn Fankhauser and students and SSV Premier League championship winning team members Damir Stoilovic & Luke Ellul, who are enrolled in its football academy for a tour of the City Football Academy, Melbourne, last week.
The new partnership will see Rowville College students and coaches engage directly with Melbourne City FC and the Melbourne City College of Football establishing areas of co-operation in coaching, football services, elite training and playing opportunities, female coaching and commercial and community opportunities including hosting City Football Schools programs at Rowville.
While Rowville will conduct its football program out of the Rowville Sports Academy, the tour of the CFA provided players and administration the opportunity to see the tangible benefits of being aligned with the Club’s Melbourne City College of Football program. Footballers in the Rowville Sports Academy will be given the opportunity to experience the high-quality Melbourne City facilities, based at La Trobe University.
Current Melbourne City FC player Paulo Retre, a graduate from Rowville College, is an example of the pathway that exists from College football through to the elite level and the Hyundai A-League and is likely to provide inspiration for Rowville students.
Principal Fankhauser said that the College was excited about the newly-established relationship, believing that this partnership will add to the already high number of RSA football alumni playing in the A League or associated youth teams as well as those already signed to EPL contracts.
“Linking with Melbourne City FC and the Melbourne City College of Football is a fantastic opportunity for our staff, coaches and students,” Fankhauser said.
“It enables us to expose our participants to the expertise of an A-League club and to help develop our players to their full potential and see even more RSA football students reach the elite levels or simply become very capable club footballers.”