Last published: 9 Dec 2021, 4:13pm
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.’