Gosford Academy Skills Aquisition Program (SAP)

Gosford City Football Club will run an academy for the top teams in under 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s.

Patrick has agreed to run these sessions once a week for 10 weeks, beginning in March 2018. The sessions are expected to begin a fortnight before the season starts.

These sessions are intended to raise standards, improve skills and attract better players.

They will focus on Football Federation Australia’s four core skills, which are one vs ones, striking the ball, running with the ball and first touch.

These skills are part of the FFA’s much-discussed football curriculum, which aims to establish a philosophy to transform the way the game is played and coached in this country.

It is based on scientific research and the need for high quality youth coaching.

Additionally, it aims to develop future generations of players and teams that will enable Australia to maintain a leading position in world football, particularly in Asia.

At Gosford, we intend to do our part to help achieve these aims.

This is why we’ve enlisted Patrick Zwaanswijk to take our club forward.

Junior football manager Theo Vlandis has finalised terms with Mr Zwaanswijk, after lengthy discussions on the matter.

Mr Zwaanswijk’s role will include sharing his football knowledge and the game’s modern techniques, some of which surpass the FFA’s curriculum.

Mr Vlandis will be taking on the role of academy director working with Mr Zwaanswijk in his position as technical director.


Patrick Zwaanswijk
Central Coast Mariners championship-winning legend Patrick Zwaanswijk has joined Gosford City Football Club.

Zwaanswijk will become technical director of the club’s academy.

The 41-year-old, who played for 11 seasons in the Dutch top flight, has been enlisted to raise standards, improve skills and attract better players.

He will focus on Football Federation Australia’s four core skills, which are one vs ones, striking the ball, running with the ball and first touch.

Additionally, he will share his football knowledge, which includes the game’s modern techniques.

Zwaanswijk played three seasons with the Mariners, scoring a crucial goal in the club’s only grand-final triumph.

He’s arguably the top player in the Mariners' history and is now a football pundit with SBS.

He also coaches at the International Football School at Kariong.

Junior football manager Theo Vlandis finalised terms with Zwaanswijk on his new role at Gosford, after lengthy discussions.


It’s Free to join the Academy. To be eligible for selection in the academy, players must be registered with Gosford City FC. To qualify for the academy, players must go through a selection process over 2 sessions. The academy will comprise players from under 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s.


Additional Academy Information
The Academy will form 4 teams for their respective age groups. Academy Players with be placed in a local Gosford Football club team, the teams will play in the local winter central coast football competition. Academy Grading will be held in conjunction with Gosford Grading.


Academy Coaches
Will compromise of past CCFA, first grade and state league players.

Gosford Registration Dates
The Easiest way is to register online, Go to gosfordcityfc.org.au. and follow the links. Alternatively, you can turn up to one of these dates below;
28TH January & 4th February at Gosford RSL


Please see below Gosford Academy training schedule;

1. Start 3rd of May
2. 10th of May
3. 24th of May
4. 31st of May
5. 14th of June
6. 21st of June
7. 5th of July
School Holidays break
8. 9th of August
9.16th of August
10. 23rd of August

9A's - 5pm
10A's - 5.45pm
11C's - 6.30pm
12C's - 7:15pm

For more information, contact Academy Director Theo Vlandis on 0412-808-453.



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