Department of Education and Football NSW Combine to Offer Largest Teacher Professional Learning Course


A cool morning and stone buildings at the University of Sydney provided the perfect backdrop to a day of fun and learning for over 50 teachers from around Sydney, one pair of teachers making the 650Km journey via a one hour flight from Moree in north west NSW.

Football NSW through the Sport Unit of the Department of Education has established a strong relationship with the objective of providing high quality training and support for Federation members.  Tis support includes the running of these days which offers a fully accredited 5 hour course.  The courses are run specially for primary and secondary teachers, each having a very different focus whilst sharing a common methodology.

The teachers are provided with both online support in the shape of session / lesson plans and physical support with gear and equipment to assist them with providing the best possible experience for their students.

Oscar Gonzalez, Coach Education Manager said

“The day’s learning experience was further enhanced by the attendance of Dr Steve Georgakis, Senior Lecturer of Pedagogy and Sports Studies Sydney School of Education and Social Work who provided great insights and feedback to the teachers as well as Andrew Morris, Technical & Game Development Manager with Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association who facilitated one of the groups”

“Teachers are the at the front line connecting children to sport and are instrumental in the promotion of the football and a healthy active lifestyle” said Dr steve Georgakis,

“Courses like these are essential in ensuring that teachers are armed with the knowledge to be better equipped to provide a sound football experience”

The teachers were also treated to a special visit from Football Club Barcelona’s Barça Universitas Manager Strategy & Knowledge, Marcos Picalló Aguilar and  Jordi Fernández Lie both very interested in how school teachers are engaged in learning football.


Primary Participants:

Avril Boyle Blaxcell Street Public School
Jacob Brittain Roselea Public School
Megan Carroll Carlton South Public School
Georgina Carter Rose Bay Public School
Chris Duker Marrickville Public School
Whitney Fedczyna Truscott Street Public School
Nancy Ferguson Balmain Public School
Alex Ford Moree East Public School
Jody Glen Rose Bay Public School
Danni-Elle Greenham Moree East Public School
Erin Kelly Marrickville Public School
Mirna Kojic Blakehurst Public School
Michael Kotevski Rozelle Public School
Jack McGaughey Brighton-Le-Sands Public School
Hayden Mole Point Clare Public School
Alanna Nicholson Point Clare Public School
Tamara Schwartz Vaucluse Public School
Emily Sherwen Miranda North Public School
Kieu Truong Bossley Park Public School
Nicole Yazbeck Wilkins Public School


Secondary Participants

Tyson Willoughby
Sarah Andrews Turramurra High School
Luke Creighton Bomaderry High School
raf Dahouk Blakehurst High School
Michael Di Paola St Patricks College
Andrew Gulczynski Northern Beaches Secondary College Balgowlah Boys Campus
Alan Kent The Jannali High School
Hayley-Louise Kruit Kesser Torah
Gianfranco Leon Rivera Casual staff (DoE)
Benjamin McDonald Corrimal High School
Christopher Pinto Seven Hills High School
Luke Poulos Cronulla High School
Michael Sender Sydney Technical High School
Jeremy Smith Kesser Torah
Giorgio Speranza Marsden High School
Jessica Terry Kempsey High School
Grant Toole Lomandra School
Dimitra Tzavellas Beverly Hills Girls HS