Seven boys from NSW and two from Northern NSW (See list below) were selected for a camp for the Australian Under13 squad in a training camp to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport from 7-10 May 2009.
The final squad will be whittled down with the final 20 players going on to represent Australia in the forthcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under 13’s Boys Football Festival.
?It very pleasing to see a very healthy number of players from the Johnny Warren Program in the Squad? said Foundation Chief Executive Francis Awaritefe.
?We’re exceptionally proud of our teams achievement not only the results but also the quality of football they played? said Tim Wilson, coach of the NSW under 13’s team.
?Given the limited for preparation for the National Championships, the training provided during the Johnny Warren Program proved invaluable? continued Wilson
?Johnny Warren was about providing access and opportunity for young Australians to maximize their talent? said Foundation Chairman Brian Hastings.
Richard Blanco (Sutherland Sharks/ NSW),
Noah Chianese (Blacktown City Demons/ NSW),
Vincent Giannini (Sydney Olympic/ NSW),
Adrian Lara (Sydney Olympic/ NSW),
Kevin Ly (Blacktown City Demons/ NSW),
Jordan Nadalin (Blacktown City Demons/ NSW),
Dylan Vandenberg (Wollongong FC/ NSW),
Northern NSW Representatives
Since the inception of the JWFF Program 2005, seven boys and eleven girls have represented Australia at U17 level.
The JWFF Program is free for junior elite footballers which is run in partnership with Football NSW and Northern NSW Football. The majority of player?s graduating from this year?s program represented NSW at the National 13?s Championships recently held in Canberra in from 11th ? 18th April 2009.
JOHHNY WARREN FOOTBALL FOUNDATION
The Johnny Warren Football Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides, at no cost to participants, coaching and development programs for 12-13 year old boys and 13-15 year old girls aspiring to achieve representative status.
In August 2002, as one of a number of recommendations, the JWFF came into being when the NSW Premier?s Football Taskforce, which was chaired by the late Johnny Warren MBE, OAM, recommended the establishment of a Football Academy focusing on skill and technique development.
Notwithstanding that the program is for talented athletes, the participants come from a broad range of backgrounds, including underprivileged and indigenous youngsters.
Ultimately the Johnny Warren Football Foundation Program aims to become a scholarship-based, elite player development pathway for boys and girls from the age of nine to 14 on a national level.