About the Academy

The Essendon Royals Academy is set up by age group. We have a 4-9 academy for kids who are not part of a Royals team run by term. We also are offering an Academy for Royals players to start in May 2018. 

Essendon Royals Academy Term 2 & 3

Essendon Royals Academy for Term 2 & 3 will be divided by Team & Non Team Academy sessions:

  • 4-9 YO Non-Team Academy: Monday 16 April 5.30 pm @ Cross Keys Reserve running until end of term 2.
    • Term 3 will commence selling at the end of May
  • Our Team Academies start in Mid-May with Venue, Cost and Sessions to be announced. This includes:
    • U8-U10 Team Academy
    • U11-12 Team Academy (Sold out until further notice)
    • U13-15 Team Academy
    • U12-15 Team Academy for girls

Our academy coaches work with our Essendon Royals curriculum based on the FFA approach. For more information contact the Essendon Royals Academy Program Manager, Michael Curcija via email at: coaching@essendonroyals.com.au.

Team Academies (8-15)

Starting from May 29 & 30, Essendon Royals will be running our Academy for advanced and fundamental football skills. We have secured a world class facility with all sessions being run at Elite Football in Maribyrnong. The academy is open to all players within Royals from U8 to U15 and is offered as an extra session of training but with our qualified academy coaches. All sessions are designed and led by our Technical Director, Michael Curcija. 

What: 8 Sessions
When: Term 2 starting May 29 & 30  for 4 sessions and Term 3 starting July 24 & 25 for 4 Sessions
Time: Tuesday & Wednesday evening
Where: 169 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong

Places are limited in each age group.Ages will be grouped and provisional on numbers skill levels will be considered with groupings.

 Booking times:

  • U8-10 6.30pm Wednesday (May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 15)
  • U13-15 6.30pm Wednesday (May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, July 25, Aug 1, Aug 8, Aug 15)
  • U11-12 Boys  SOLD OUT 6.30pm Tuesday  (May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, July 24, July 31, Aug 7, Aug 14)
  • U11-15 Girls  (No sessions due to lack of bookings)

Academy Session design:

Our academy sessions will be geared to the skill and development level of our players and age group. The sessions are designed to maximise the opportunity for players to learn and advance their current skill levels to be applied in game situations.

U8-11 Advanced Academy sessions;

  • Defending as individual - 1v1 to 2v2
  • Crossing & Finishing
  • Creating Space - Movement
  • Running with the ball - Attack space with speed

U8-U11 Skill Development Academy sessions;

  • Passing - Playing under pressure
  • Dribbling - Ball mastery & turns
  • Crossing & Finishing
  • Receiving & Turning

U12-15  Advanced Academy sessions;

  • Defending - Pressing in the final third
  • Crossing & Finishing 
  • Attacking overloads
  • Creating Space - Support play

U12-U15 Skill Development Academy sessions;

  • 1v1 - Attack players with pace
  • First Touch - Improve touch speed & touch direction
  • Running with the ball - Cutting off opponent
  • Crossing & Finishing

Elite Football Centre

Essendon Royals Partners

4-9 Year Old Non- Team Academy

Our 4-9 YO non-team academy teaches players footballing skills whilst having fun appropriate to the "Discovery" phase of football. Location for the 4-9 Academy is Cross Keys Reserve, Essendon.