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FAQs - Overnewton partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club

Last updated: 21 Oct 2022, 3:15pm

Can anyone join the Years 5-12 Melbourne Victory Performance School Program?

Overnewton College is Melbourne Victory’s exclusive Performance School partner for 2022.

The Victory Performance School Program is designed to encourage Overnewton students who love football and are keen to develop their football skills and tactical knowledge to join the 2022 program.

As students are of varying ages and in different stages of their football development, there will be instances where students are streamed into ability-based groupings. Selection for tournaments will be on merit, ability and behaviour.

Students who are not formally enrolled in the program may be selected for 1st grade interschool teams but will not be eligible for exclusive on and off the pitch opportunities, including travel. 

Do I need to register to trial?

Yes. Please register here. Thank you to the many students who have already done so.

What does the training model and on-pitch commitment look like?

Melbourne Victory Academy coaches will lead twenty 50-minute training sessions across the school year. The sessions will be held on the Yirramboi Campus Sports Oval and take place on selected Thursday mornings (before school) on the following dates:


Term 4 2022 – Oct 20, 27 and Nov 3, 10, 17, 24

In addition, Melbourne Victory coaches will lead all 1st grade ACS and 5/6 Soccer / Futsal teams during Overnewton’s interschool program. Where possible, friendlies, excursions, interschool and representative matches will be scheduled into ACS Bye Rounds.

What is the purpose of the trials?

The trials are an opportunity for Melbourne Victory and College coaches to look at the students and begin creating ability-based groupings. This information will help to inform future planning and define our coaching requirements for the year.

The trials double as an opportunity for students to confirm their interest in the program, meet some of the coaches and other players and view the size range of the Macron uniform.

Which Victory coaches will we see at the program?

The Head Coach of the Overnewton Program is Andreas Papanicolaou – also the Melbourne Victory U18 Academy Head Coach. Andreas will work closely with, Melbourne Victory’s Head of Academy, Joe Palatsides, to help tailor Melbourne Victory’s Academy Methodology to the needs of our students.

Andreas will mentor other coaches including Melbourne Victory Academy and Community Coaches, Overnewton Old Collegians and staff in his role.

Licenced coaches, including Joe Palatsides (Head of Academy), Harley Hamdani (Community Football and Education Manager) and Gareth Turnball (A-League Women’s Assistant Coach / Football Pathways Manager), are just some of the coaches who will attend selected morning sessions.

What do I wear to the trials?

Players can wear football kit of choice to the trials. Please know that dual-branded items with the Melbourne City logo and Overnewton College crest are not to be worn. Unbranded PUMA shorts and socks are permitted. At the conclusion of training, students need to change into their correct uniform for the school day (academic or sport - depending on their timetable). Students should not arrive late to class.

Can I view samples of the Macron Uniform?

Size samples will be available for viewing from outside the Yirramboi Middle School (at the top of the path that leads to the Sports Oval). Alternately, you can order directly using the size guide on the Macron site. All uniform orders will be processed online here and posted directly to your home address.
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Will breakfast and return transportation to Canowindra be provided at the conclusion of before-school training sessions?

A light breakfast comprising of one toasted sandwich and one juice box will be provided to students upon the conclusion of training.

Year 9 students will be transported to Canowindra by intercampus bus at the conclusion of training.

Can the Macron quarter zip jacket be worn at school?

We expect that students within this program will embrace the opportunity to proudly represent both Overnewton and Melbourne Victory as program ambassadors. As such, the approved parameters of wear will permit students to wear the Macron quarter zip jacket in place of the College Sports Jacket, or Year 12 Jumper, with sports uniform on their nominated sport day.

Year 7 – Tuesdays

Years 10 – 12 – Wednesdays

Years 8 & 9 – Thursdays

Years 5 & 6 – Fridays

Under no circumstances can the jersey, shorts or socks be worn after the conclusion of Thursday morning training (or during school hours) as this is both a breach of the permitted uniform and unhygienic. Uniform infringements will be issued for breaches. The College sports polo shirt must be worn underneath the quarter zip jacket if paired with the sports uniform.

Extended parameters of wear will be permitted for football-related excursions, tournaments and special events at the direction of the Head of Co-Curriculum. This will be stipulated on excursion forms for these events and activities. 

Year 5 or 6 students are eligible to enrol in both the Years 1-6 Community Program and the Years 5-12 Performance School Program. What is the difference between these programs?

The Years 1-6 Community Program is an offering that takes place on Saturday mornings. Melbourne Victory FC Football Centres, the first step of our Football Pathway, provides players with a safe, enjoyable, and positive playing environment, open to all children aged 6-12 years. 

Working with our Community & Pre-Academy Coaches, our Football Centres are the perfect opportunity for those players who aren’t quite ready for Pre-Academy, as well as kids just starting to kick the ball, to build on the foundations of their football skills while training under the same Pre-Academy curriculum and coaching methodology. 

The Years 5-12 Performance Program takes place mid-week, comprising of before-school sessions on Thursday mornings and inter-school soccer / futsal sessions. Melbourne Victory coaches lead all 1st grade sides.

Trials -  Feb 10 & 17

Term 1 – Mar 17, 24, 31and Apr 7

Term 2 – May 5, 12, 19, 26

Term 3 – Aug 4, 11, 18, 25

Term 4 – Oct 20, 27 and Nov 3, 10, 17, 24

Will travel opportunities be a part of this program?

As part of the ‘Performance School model’ there is a structured plan to reintroduce domestic and international travel opportunities within this program.

We plan to explore a range of options for both tournaments and tours, utilising a range of network contacts.

Melbourne Victory is also a member of the Global Football Alliance, a strategic alliance of 20 non-rival football clubs in 20 countries around the world. This opens up a number of options for the future.

How do I let someone know I am going to miss a training session?

It is a program expectation that students attend as many sessions as possible, however, we understand that illness and injuries do occur.

Notifications for training absence should be emailed to

Is there a Code of Conduct for this program?

Yes, a Code of Conduct is currently in development for this program. It will be circulated before the conclusion of the two-week trial period.

What is the training uniform and when should it be worn? Is it compulsory?

Click here to view and purchase the dual-branded Overnewton / Victory ‘Performance School’ uniform. It is the exact shirt that Melbourne Victory A-League and elite teams wear, with the point of difference being the Overnewton monochrome crest on the left arm.

It is compulsory for students in the program to purchase the bundle (navy shirt, shorts, socks and mid-layer jacket) to wear for the Thursday morning component of the program.

Students enrolled in the Saturday Community Program have the option to purchase the Macron uniform.

Additionally. students selected by Melbourne Victory coaches for Overnewton 1st sides (ACS 7-12 teams) will be loaned a white dual-branded Victory playing shirt to wear for inter-school competition.

Is there a program levy?

The majority of this program is heavily subsidised by the College, however, there is a $200 program levy which will be put towards coaching costs, breakfasts and equipment resourcing. You will receive an invoice for this levy from Overnewton during Term 1. The reference will be ‘Melbourne Victory Performance Program.’

Can the old Melbourne City uniform be worn?

We are very proud of our former association with Melbourne City Football Club and grateful for the on and off the pitch experiences it has afforded our students and staff from 2014-21.

As we now move forward to a new partnership with Melbourne Victory, we can show our respect to both Clubs by no longer wearing Melbourne City branded garments at school. Students are encouraged to keep these as a memento but they are strictly not to be worn at school.

Overnewton College will be rebranding our entire PUMA kit, overlaying our new College icon over the crest. 

If my child signs up for this program, are they guaranteed a place in an Overnewton 1st side or representative tournament?

No. Melbourne Victory and Overnewton College Staff Coaches will make selection decisions for 1st sides based on effort, technical ability and player conduct of all players who trial.

Coaches will continue to monitor to progress and development of players. Students who are initially selected in 2nd sides, can be elevated to 1st sides during the year.

Will talented football players who choose not to sign up for the program be invited to engage in ‘Victory Performance School’ experiences?

No. Exclusive Performance School experiences will not be offered to students who do not enrol in the program.

Will boys and girls receive the same opportunities?

Yes. We offer a range of experiences to male and female players. The type of offerings and timings of offer may be dependent on Melbourne Victory and the seasonality of the ACS competitions.

What off-the-pitch offers will there be?

Off-the-pitch offers may include tours of AAMI Park, offers to fulfil ambassador roles at A-League matches, invitations to appear in promotional videos and invitations to apply for tours and tournaments.

It is anticipated that most of the A-League Match Day experiences will take place later this year.

Are there Melbourne Victory membership benefits?

The Overnewton community can access a special limited Melbourne Victory membership offer for the remainder of the 2021/2022 Season. More offers will be explored in preparation for the 2022/2023 Season.  

To purchase your Special Limited Melbourne Victory Membership click here

I have a question that has not been addressed here. Who should I contact?

Please direct all program enquiries to


Overnewton announces partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club

Published 9 Dec 2021

Overnewton Anglican Community College is thrilled to announce its new partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club, becoming the first and exclusive pilot school for Melbourne Victory’s Performance School Program. 

This exciting football partnership with Melbourne Victory will provide Overnewton students and the Overnewton footballing community with exclusive membership offers, unique A-League experiences, and link talented Overnewton players directly to coaching staff within Melbourne Victory’s Academy.

Through this partnership, Overnewton students from Prep to Year 12 will have access to the Melbourne Victory Performance School Program. Talented players identified within the College program will also receive trial invitations for Melbourne Victory’s Academy and Elite Girls program.

Melbourne Victory coaches will integrate into the Overnewton interschool football program and lead all 1st grade College teams from Years 5-12. Melbourne Victory’s Under 18’s Academy Coach, Andreas Papanicolaou, will coach Overnewton Seniors and oversee the College-wide football program. 

Overnewton’s brand new sports oval located at our Yirramboi Campus in Keilor will host Melbourne Victory’s Pre-Academy Program in the region. Offerings will include a Community Football Centre for junior players of all skill levels, and a Pre-Academy Training Centre for selected players who demonstrate the commitment, attitude and development of a future Melbourne Victory player.

Overnewton will also pilot Melbourne Victory health and education programs, and provide coach education and upskilling seminars for College staff.

Overnewton has a long history of developing talented football players and supporting their journey to an elite football pathway.  Most recently, Old Collegian and Class of 2020 graduate, Ryan Lethlean, made his footballing debut with Melbourne Victory FC on 24 November 2021, where he converted a penalty and helped his team to victory.

Melbourne Victory Director of Football, John Didulica, states, ‘Building an accessible football footprint throughout Melbourne is important to Melbourne Victory. To be able to partner with a school of Overnewton's quality to deliver football is exciting for our club and we trust will have a hugely positive impact on the students and the entire school community.’

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie, has said, ‘We are so excited to welcome Overnewton College to the Melbourne Victory family and, in particular, as our first ever Football Performance School.’

Overnewton Head of Co-Curriculum, Nikki Little, has said of the new partnership, ‘I am thrilled and delighted that Overnewton is the first Melbourne Victory Performance school which can offer students as young as five years old the opportunity to learn skills from Melbourne Victory coaches. This exclusive program is another example of how Overnewton is committed to delivering outstanding beyond-the-classroom opportunities for our students.’