MUM FC Academy Mission
The Murdoch University Melville FC (MUM FC) Academy aims to develop junior players to the highest level providing a direct pathway to MUM FC’s Women’s NPL and Men’s State League teams.
Murdoch University Melville Football Club Academy Pathway
MUM FC is a community-based association football club with a foundation in having a positive impact on the community. The Club is dedicated to providing facilities and opportunities for people of all ages to learn and play football. The Academy sits within the broader MUM FC structure and as such the values and attitudes within the Club carry through to the Academy.
The MUM FC Academy was started in season 2012 as a way of ensuring our most talented young players received a higher standard of coaching and the opportunity to play in a more professional and structured set-up. The Academy aims to provide opportunities for younger players to develop to the highest level and a pathway to the Women’s NPL and Men’s State League teams (as an adult) and beyond.
MUM FC provides Academy players an enhanced football education in line with the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) curriculum. MUM FC players will be tactically, technically, physiologically and psychologically challenged so that they have the best opportunity to progress through the junior ranks and develop their skills holistically.
The Academy teams will play in the Sunday home and away competition and are required to attend training twice a week.
Trails for all squads are held immediately at the end of each season. We encourage both boys and girls to apply and squads are selected on merit. Please note:
- Central to MUMFC’s player development philosophy is promotion from within the club to our Academy (U9-U12) and Junior NPL (U13-U16) squads. Players that have the potential to advance to the Academy/NPL level will be invited to train with the appropriate Academy/NPL squad for further exposure to and assessment by both the Technical Director and the Head Coach of the age group. Only those players that have been identified during the season will be invited to attend end of season trials.
- Girls are permitted to play in the mixed league one age group younger than their current age.
- No player will be permitted to “play up” an age group without the explicit consent of the Technical Director
MUM FC’s Academy will see player development as the priority rather than a win at all cost attitude. We hope that our Academy will produce Murdoch University Melville superstars of the future.
Is the Murdoch University Melville Academy for me?
Through the Club’s in-house coach development program run by Technical Director Mark Jones, MUM FC has continued to grow in depth of coaching. Existing coaches have continued their development by attaining further accreditation, and others have commenced the formal qualification process.
As part of the MUM FC Academy, a higher level of commitment is expected from both the player and his/her family. Notably:
- Academy players (and their families) are seen as ambassadors to the broader community. The Club expects both players and parents to display the Club’s values on and off the pitch. See MUM FC Code of Conduct.
- Academy training sessions are usually at a higher intensity, more frequent and of longer duration than training for non-Academy teams.
- Players are expected to attend all training sessions unless a legitimate reason prevents attendance. Due notice should be given to the coach and team manager in all cases.
- Players are expected to come to training with a willingness to listen and learn.
- All players are required to commit to provide volunteer support to a State League / WNPL game once in a season (4 hours on a Saturday for the junior player and at least one adult).
MUM FC recognises that in today’s world, the range of opportunities that exist to children is almost never-ending. We are keen to ensure families do not over commit and if you are concerned about the level of commitment that the Academy may require, please contact either the Vice President Academy or Technical Director.
There are many very good players in non-Academy teams at MUM FC and a choice not to play in the Academy team because of other commitments will not be viewed negatively with the Club endeavouring to find the right team for all young players.