In addition to the existing 1st Football Training Program, the College has introduced a Junior Football Development Program, which seeks to identify and offer an intensive pre-season skills program to a select group of players from our current Year 6, 7 and 8 cohorts. It is envisaged that the pathway through to the 1st XI level will be through the Junior Development Program and the 1st Football Training Program.

The College has engaged Mr. Michael Rooney to take on the role as the Director of Football Skills & Development. This role encompasses the development of both our coaches and players.

During the 2017 AIC Football season, Michael identified and selected a group of players from the Year 6, 7 and 8 cohorts to enter this program in 2017/18. His objective was to identify players who displayed the appropriate level of skill, attitude and potential to someday play 1st XI Football.

This select group of players will train together on a weekly basis under the supervision of a number of very experienced and qualified coaches including Michael Rooney. These coaches will aim to increase the players’ ball skills, game speed and vision along with game structure to create and develop a pathway of quality players, which will feed into the 1st XI Football Program. These sessions will strive to challenge and improve all aspects of a player’s development.

Training will begin once per week during the last 4 weeks in term 4 and will continue throughout term 1 next year up until the commencement of the AIC Football season. An information note regarding this program will be sent out early next term to all invitees. Please visit the College’s website under AIC Football to view those who are invited to be a part of this squad in 2017/18. Note – this squad is not open to all and many will miss out.

Please be mindful that we expect all members of the squad to participate in Villanova’s Track and Field program as a requirement. These boys must nominate for at least one championship event for our up-coming Interhouse Track and Field Carnival. If the boys do well during our carnival they then must join the T&F squads and train as per schedule found in the website, if not their invitation to join the football squad will be withdrawn. No exceptions please.

Junior Football Development Squad 2017 – 2018

All students at Villanova College are eligible to take part in our annual football program. Preparation for the AIC Football competition begins towards the end of Term 1 after the cricket and volleyball seasons. However, the 1st XI and development squads commence preseason training earlier.

Football coaches consist of Villanova staff, parents and Old Boys, while a number of highly qualified and experienced specialty coaches are sourced from outside to assist in player development.

All AIC games are played on Saturdays, with home matches at our Villanova Park playing fields in Tingalpa. The football uniform consists of the Villanova football jersey and playing shorts, green and gold hooped socks, football boots, and shin guards, which are compulsory.

All football training for the Year 5 and 6 teams is conducted on Whinstanes Oval, located on the College campus, or at Little Langlands Park, located across the road from Villanova. All teams from Year 7 to 12 are transported to Villanova Park for training.

The season generally consists of seven regular games with at least two trial games. Boys in the A or B sides can expect to attend two training sessions a week, whilst all other teams have between one and two sessions a week.

Each year, Villanova’s top football players are invited to partake in an exclusive preseason program held throughout Term 1, which challenges them to develop themselves as players and competitors.

A football tour to Japan is offered every second year as part of our development program. Every alternate year the players travel to Sydney to compete against our brother school, St Augustine’s College.

Football is supported by an active parents of players group who assist primarily with the canteen at home games and with organisation of the yearly tour.

Since the inception of the AIC Competition in 1999, Villanova College has taken out the title of the ‘AIC Champion Football School’ and has won many premierships including the ‘1st XI’ title on four occasions.

During the season, additional information such as training times, team lists, coaching staff, schedules and results is available on the College website.


Location: Foyer, Goold Hall

Phone: (07) 3394 5621
Fax: (07) 3394 5637


Mr C Stariha | Director of Sport

Mr B McLauchlan | AIC Sports Coordinator

Mr C Everding | AIC Sports Coordinator

Mrs E Schofield | Sports Office Secretary

Villanova Park