Joondalup City reaping rewards from Everton link-up

Wednesday, 2 February, 2022 9comments  |  Jump to last

Joondalup City is a football club going from strength to strength thanks to their ongoing partnership with English Premier League side Everton.

The Perth-based community club remains a valued member of Everton's International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP).

Joondalup City, who now has over 650 junior players registered on its books, have benefited from a sharing of information and development programmes with Everton, which included coaching masterclasses being run online by the Premier League club during the pandemic.

The impact of Covid also meant that many talented junior players from the Club's intake have been unable to travel to England to benefit from training at the Blues' Finch Farm training complex on Merseyside.

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However, City's rising standards have led to a dramatic upturn in recruitment and the number and quality of trialists, with the Club now ranking as the largest club in the northern suburbs, with a healthy number of players signing up for the Club's NPL and development squads.

Joondalup City Director of Coaching, David Clayton, said: “Our partnership with Everton FC gives Joondalup City a point of difference that other clubs in Western Australia simply don't have. 

“In previous seasons we have occasionally lost some of our stronger players to so-called ‘bigger clubs'.

“That has all changed now and those same teams are now losing players to us. We have a different approach to many teams, as we aren't focused on winning and no senior Premier League players talk about how many under 12 leagues they won.

“We want to educate our junior players how to play football and results will take care of themselves, with the right building blocks in place.

“We are totally focused on developing players to be the best they can be. Results are a by-product of playing well, and playing in the right way.

“We have a great group of qualified coaches, all who are striving to improve their respective playing groups, and partnering with Everton FC was the best move our club has ever made.”

Technical Director, Paul Turvill, added: “We began our partnership with many ideas and plans to lift not only our profile, but to expose our members of the many attributes of junior player development programmes and processes at one of the most prominent Junior Academies across Europe and the UK, at Everton's Finch Farm training facilities.

“We also had plans for Everton's Academy coaches to visit us in Australia, in addition to us sending a playing group across to England, where the players would be able to see these training facilities and view the Academy environment at first hand.

“Sadly, COVID intervened, but online sessions through the EIAAP Coach education platform have proven to be a substantial benefit of partnership with Everton, and we have seen a fundamental progression over the past two seasons, across these programmes.

“Hopefully, with the borders re-opening, we can look forward to welcoming Everton's coaches to Australia in the near future.”

Turvill added: “Since our affiliation, and year-on-year, we have seen increased attendances to our trials; generating a positive environment for those engaging with the club for the first time and leading to some, at an advanced level, taking up offers of positions across our NPL and development squads. 

“While we may be on the other side of the world, Everton Football Club is certainly now a constant topic of conversation within the West Australian football fraternity.”

The EIAAP initiative provides clubs at all tiers of the game with access to the finest coaching knowledge from Everton's renowned Academy to support the growth of each club — a level of support that sets it apart from more traditional models.

These include:

  • Full access to the Everton Academy curriculum
  • Weekly support from Everton International Technical Lead
  • Holistic approach to player, coach and club development, offering technical support from USM Finch Farm and business and marketing support from the Royal Liver Building.

Everton International Technical Lead, Paddy Byrne said: “We are delighted to see the success of Joondalup City, especially being one of the first clubs to join the programme during its infancy, over two years ago.

“The Club's NPL teams are setting new benchmarks and their standing in Australia is a big improvement on previous seasons.

“Their philosophy is clearly paying dividends, supported by the similar messaging being delivered by Everton.

“Overall, it is a model example of how two clubs can come together for the betterment of young players and by continuing to share our values and coaching methods, we will further enhance both our affiliate programme and Joondalup City, all while strengthening Everton's bond within western Australia.

“I'm looking forward to visiting Paul and the wider Joondalup City team very soon to work one-on-one with the coaches on the field.”

The Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP) is available to grassroots teams, professional sides, youth academies, girls' and women's teams, as well as colleges and universities.

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Derek Thomas
1 Posted 03/02/2022 at 00:24:21
Glad to see the juniors getting coaching, Western Australia is potentially well positioned for football to take off, being far from the AFL and NFL centres of Melbourne and Sydney.

My Geography is a bit vague but I think it's down the road from Djyabringthebeeralong... and the local State Government seems to be sited in a town called Buggerup.

I'll get me coat.

Andy Mead
2 Posted 03/02/2022 at 01:37:59
Club 5 minutes down the road from me. Paul is a well respected youth coach in the area. Nice facilities too.
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 03/02/2022 at 04:33:39
I'm fairly sure that Mick Lyons is associated with and lives near this club, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Quite a few junior teams in Perth have had and may still have associations with Premier League clubs and know that Southampton and Villa at least did.

Also, it was said that at one time Everton had connections with 'A' League side Central Coast Mariners about 50 miles north of Sydney but I'm unsure of the truth of it but they did try to bring a young Everton keeper on loan but local rules state that they must be over, I think, 20 years of age.

Anyone know where another Aussie, Con Ouzounidis, let go by Everton last season, ended up?

Frank Wolfe
4 Posted 03/02/2022 at 04:43:30
AFL is massive in Western Australia. Football (called 'soccer' here) has a large playing base but relatively poor commercial or TV support.

Good to see Everton involved and I liked the comment (hope it's true) from Paul that they are not just focused on winning. So many academies in Australia (probably elsewhere too) are focused on the result rather than developing young players and on how to play the game.

Frank Wolfe
5 Posted 03/02/2022 at 04:51:32
Alan - Con went to some mob in Denmark last year. Haven't heard anything since then.
Alan J Thompson
6 Posted 03/02/2022 at 05:19:51
Cheers, Frank, I often wondered why no 'A' League team ever stepped in for him given his nationality and quite a few British "almost" players do quite well in Oz.

Frank, I know what you mean about coaching to win in Oz. I used to coach kids cricket and was amazed at some of the lengths some coaches went to and got the kids to do in order to win, made the national teams look sledging amateurs.

Michael Kenrick
7 Posted 03/02/2022 at 09:17:18
Con Ouzounidis joined Esbjerg fB in the second tier of the Danish league. He's gotten more red cards than goals so far, if that helps.
Dale Self
8 Posted 03/02/2022 at 20:19:56
Up the Joondalup!
Andy Mead
9 Posted 05/02/2022 at 07:50:41
Alan #3,

Mike was coaching at Sterling Lions FC for a few years, if I'm correct. About 15 km away from Joondalup.

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