top of page

Second OPAFC Junior Academy gets the thumbs up

Over the last two weeks  the Old Paradians Football Club has successfully delivered   its second Junior Football Academy Program and the feedback from participants, their club representatives and parents has been  very positive. 

Our  Program Director this year was David Boundy, 2015 club premiership coach and a highly decorated VFL and VAFA player.  David's extensive knowledge of the game  was  invaluable  in developing and  delivering program content and ensuring players understood the logic behind what was being taught. David was ably supported by senior players Marcus Nolan, Michael Boundy and Chris Shepherd who is also the coach of the Parade St Damians Under 15 team.

As with the inaugural program held in 2016 this year's Academy  Program was directed at  players from Parade College and local junior clubs in the 15 to 17 year age groups with the key objective of  skill development and providing an  accelerated understanding of key aspects of the game including goal setting,  fitness and conditioning and understanding game day strategies.  These topics were covered in 4 separate 2 hour sessions that included instruction and group discussion followed by on field drills designed to reinforce and practice session fundamentals. 

Following the final session players and  their families joined in the Academy Graduation Dinner where  each player was presented with their Graduation Certificate. 

The club would like to thank Phil Gaut  from Parade College, coaches, staff and parents  from Parade Saint Damians and other local junior clubs for all their support in making this year's  program so successful.


Mike Jolley



bottom of page