Perth Glory Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Perth, Western Australia. It competes in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under license from Australian Professional Leagues (APL).
Perth Glory FC Youth Development System
Our Academy is committed to developing excellence. It goes further than just technical and tactical coaching on the training field. We strive to form young people who are respectful, humble and have a relentless desire to succeed.
Our Elite Player Development model and age-specific curriculum ensures that our Academy players are educated to the highest possible standard, equipping them with the tools required to perform at professional level domestically and internationally. The demands are high, but the opportunities are endless.
Our main objective as an Academy is to improve each and every player and coach, with the final focus being the preparation of high-quality players fully equipped to meet the high demands of professional football.
Winning and improvement are always our daily goals, but without the pressure of winning at all costs. We believe that players play football to enjoy the game, spend time with their friends, participate in organized sport, improve their skills and to satisfy a competitive drive to win.
Thus, a key component for us is ensuring that enjoyment of the game, without which, player development will inevitably be restricted. We believe that winning will evolve if the talent is developed and nurtured.
Perth Glory has a proven track record of enabling gifted local youngsters to turn their potential into excellence. Over the last four years, our pathway has produced the likes of Shane Lowry, Chris Herd, Scott Neville, Mark Birighitti, Trent Sainsbury, Eli Babajl and Josh Risdon to name but a few.
A Perth Glory youth coach is a co-operative team player who is intrinsically driven and inspired to improve our junior footballers’ ability on the field and their maturation off it. We believe that football coaching is our medium to communicate with our talented young players to challenge themselves to be the best they can be in all areas of football, to be a well-rounded member of society and a role model to our fans, sponsors and junior players.
Our Academy Coaches are united in their passion for improving the standard of football players, sharing the love and enjoyment of football participation and striving to produce players for the first team at Perth Glory. Our approach is based upon a shared ownership of responsibility between the player and the coach. Each is beholden to the other to ensure an honest and hard-working approach is undertaken to the learning and enjoyment of football.
Academy Style of Play
Our teams’ playing style draws upon our rich heritage and traditions, while simultaneously embracing the very latest development and best practices in what is an ever-evolving and dynamic sport. It is centered around a controlled, pro- active, possession-based structure, playing with flexibility and adapting to different football challenges in order to achieve success.
Attacking creativity, freedom and flair are combined with a structured, organized defense to create a team that embraces and rises to the ever-evolving challenges of the modern game and finds solutions without compromising its standards and principles. Our vision and objectives are to be achieved through a collective team unit possessing proficient technical, tactical and physical attributes that facilitate both individual and collective play.
PGFC Academy Schools
John Curtin College of the Arts and St. Andrew’s Grammar have been confirmed as the first two flagship schools to partner with the PGFC Academy.
The partnership will see both schools roll out a 12-month program which provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated young players to develop their football through additional training sessions, while also enabling them to continue with their education.
Focusing upon individual players and personal development within a team environment, the program aims to maximize each participant’s athletic and academic potential, expands opportunities for talent identification and provide a pathway into the elite, two-star PGFC Academy.
Perth Glory Football Director Jacob Burns believes that the partnership is a hugely-exciting development for both the club and the schools involved.
“We are breaking new ground here,” he said, “and are delighted that John Curtin College of the Arts and St.Andrew’s Grammar share our vision of a program which ensures that talented young players are given the best possible chance to progress in the game, while also fulfilling their academic potential.
“As the only two-star rated Academy in WA, we are uniquely positioned to provide an elite professional coaching environment for the boys and girls in the program, allied to a clear, structured pathway towards a career in the game.
“In addition to helping the players maximise their footballing ability, our highly-accredited coaching staff are committed to working alongside the school authorities to create a learning environment that is both nurturing and challenging.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at John Curtin College of the Arts and St. Andrew’s Grammar, as well as our own PGFC Academy staff, particularly Academy Technical Director Steven McGarry, W-League and Academy Manager Terry McFlynn and Head Youth Coach Richard Garcia, for all the hard work they have put in to turn this exciting project into a reality.”
Perth Glory is planning to extend the partnership to include further schools strategically located as part of the club’s commitment to making the Academy curriculum accessible to as many young players in WA as possible.
The Pre-Academy will be 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 will remain with their existing clubs, with the Pre-Academy sessions designed to supplement rather than replace their club training.
From January until September, Pre-Academy players will attend two sessions per week and also participate in a three-day camp during January in which they will have access to Perth Glory’s elite football facilities and senior coaching staff.
They will also receive two full sets of training kit, plus a full Perth Glory Junior Membership for the 2021/22 Season.
Dates for the next Talent Identification Sessions will be confirmed in November 2021.
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Academy Preparation Centre (APC)
The Academy Preparation Centre provides a great opportunity for its players to train and play under the watchful eye of Perth Glory’s accredited Coaches & National Youth team players, whilst also being given the chance to learn what it is like to be in a professional football environment.
The APC also allows players to gain selection into the Glory Development Centre and beyond into the Perth Glory 2* Academy. The sessions run for eight weeks during the school terms.
Glory Development Centre (GDC)
The GDC allows 2012 & 2013 born players to be coached all year round at an Academy level. The GDC is highly suitable for players who wish to begin their journey through the Perth Glory Elite Pathway and understand as an individual the areas they need to focus upon to help fulfil their potential.
Successful applicants will be invited back to train in the underpinning program which provides a pathway into the Perth Glory 2-star Academy.
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Professional Development Camp (PDC)
The PDC is highly suitable for players who understand as an individual the areas they need to focus upon to help fulfil their potential.
Perth Glory Sporting Schools
Perth Glory’s Community Team are committed to engaging with participants of all ages and abilities while assisting in the progression of Football in Australia. Our staff run many quality programs throughout the School term for children at metropolitan and regional Primary Schools including Sporting Schools and Let’s Play Primary School clinics.
The Sporting Schools program is a free government funded initiative that is designed to help Primary Schools increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with the best coaching experience available in Western Australia. All primary schools throughout Australia can apply for this funding and approved schools will receive upwards of $1,300 to be used for the delivery of their chosen sport before, during or after school hours.
PGFC Academy Trials
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy trial information for Perth Glory Football Club. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official news section.
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In 1995, Perth Glory was one of three clubs to survive from the now-defunct National Soccer League (NSL) and compete in the current A-League. The club played their first match in this league in October 1996 for the 1996–97 season. In the final seasons of this league, Perth established itself as a major side within Australian soccer.
Managers Bernd Stange and Mich d’Avray led the club to three league Premierships and two Championships from four grand final appearances within a five-season period. This enabled the club to establish itself as a major side within Australian soccer. Under the direction of Tony Popovic and Ian Ferguson, the club has won an additional Premiership and reached two more grand finals since it joined the A-League in 2004 as one of the eight original teams.
In addition, the club has appeared in two more grand finals. The club has also competed once in the AFC Champions League, as well as twice in the A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup finals, twice in the FFA Cup finals, and once in the A-League Grand Final.
The club’s home games are played at Perth Oval, which is now known as HBF Park due to sponsorship reasons. It is a stadium with 20,500 seats and is located on Lord Street in the central business district of Perth. Since the club’s establishment, Perth has called this stadium their primary training location. The primary supporters’ organization for Perth is called the “Glory Shed Supporters Club,” which gets its name from “The Shed,” a terrace that is located at the club’s home pitch.
The club’s competitions with Wellington Phoenix, also known as “The Distance Derby,” Gold Coast United, sometimes known as the “Iron Ore Cup,” and the Melbourne Knights are all considered to be fierce rivalries. Bobby Despotovski has scored 129 goals for the club across all competitions, becoming him the all-time leading striker in club history. Jamie Harnwell, who has appeared in 256 matches with the Glory, currently holds the record for the most matches played.