Last week saw the club’s largest ever Pre-Academy Camp take place at PGFC Partnership School, Lake Joondalup Baptist College.
Following September’s trials, 60 2012-born players were selected for the Pre-Academy, all of whom will be eligible for to represent Glory at Under-13 level next year.
As well as onfield training, the three-day camp included problem-solving games, Futsal, specialist goalkeeping sessions, video analysis and a Q&A with Glory players and coaches.
Designed to fit between the Glory Development Centre (GDC) and the National Premier League (NPL) pathway, the program is for players born in 2012 who are selected via the club’s talent identification sessions.
It is delivered by a group of highly-accredited coaches who have been specially selected for their expertise in working with players from this age group.
The key focus of the Pre-Academy program is the technical development of the players and improving their mentality and game-understanding as part of easing their transition into playing 11-a-side football on a full-sized pitch.
Players enrolled in the program remain with their existing clubs, with the Pre-Academy sessions designed to supplement rather than replace their club training.
In addition to the number of players within the program being expanded this year, parents will now be able to select a northern, central or southern training venue, making term-time evening training sessions far more readily accessible.