School Sport Victoria

Melbourne Victory and SSV are focused on developing grassroots football, and support the explosive growth of the game throughout Victoria. This key partnership has seen the creation of the adidas Victory Cup for primary school competition and the Community Training Initiatives Victory Cup for secondary school competition.

In recent years, the participation rates of junior football have increased dramatically with many children seeing football as a fresh new alternative compared to other more traditional sporting codes.

School Sport Victoria provides regular sporting opportunities to over 74% of Victorian School Students. They currently operate in 2,300 schools, engaging 550,000 students in government, catholic and independent schools.

Melbourne Victory and School Sport Victoria have developed a strong partnership for the primary and secondary school football competitions in 2014. The school football competitions are a much more exciting proposition as new community sponsors adidas and Community Training Initiatives have joined forces with Melbourne Victory Football Club to create the following competitions

adidas Victory Cup > Grade 5 and 6 football competition (Mixed and Girls)

Community Training Initiatives Victory Cup > Year 7 - football competitions (Boys and Girls) > Year 8 - football competitions (Boys and Girls) > Intermediate - Year 9 and 10 football competitions (Boys and Girls) > Senior - Year 11 and 12 football competitions (Boys and Girls)

Trials open for Team Vic squads School Sport Victoria (SSV) is pleased to announce the Team Vic 19 years and under (U20) boys and girls football trial process for 2014.

Players selected will join a prestigious and privileged list of elite athletes who have represented SSV and competed at a high level at the School Sport Australia (SSA) Championships.

The players selected for the SSV Team Vic teams will be identified as the best and elite footballers in secondary schools in Victoria.

The footballers selected will be expected to demonstrate outstanding skills and football knowledge, professionalism and dedication, as well as a high level of commitment and determination.

They will also need to show good sportsmanship, team work and fair play.

The SSA Championships highlight these qualities and engages the players with the highest standard of competition against quality opposition. Participation in the championships provides the opportunity to develop friendships and build networks which enable life-long memories and experiences.

The SSV Team Vic officials commit to the provision of high-level coaching and mentoring for all team members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Areas covered include: sports psychology, injury management, nutrition, fitness and conditioning, strategy and problem solving, according to the FFA curriculum.

At this competition, SSV endeavours to reach success on many levels regardless of the results. Victorian footballers have proven to be motivated to excel and develop into professional, knowledgeable, passionate and skilful athletes.

Players will be selected through three trials where a selection committee from SSV will identify the 16 best candidates to represent Victoria at the SSA Championships, which will be held from August 23-29, 2014 at the Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood, New South Wales.

Further information and registration can be found by clicking here

Boys - 19 years and under (U20) Coach: Dean Stafrace Assistant coach / Manager: George Katiforis

Trial/training times: 6.00pm - 8.00pm at Keilor Park Synthetic Pitch 1 (Negotiations with players/coaches on training night attendances can be arranged)

Trial days Trial 1 - March 17 Trial 2 - March 31st Trial 3 - April 28

(NTC or elite players to attend at least one session)

Training days Training 1 - May 12 Training 2 - May 26 Training 3 - June 2 Training 4 - July 14 Training 5 - July 21 Training 6 - July 28 Training 7 - August 4 Training 8 - August 11 Training 9 - August 18

Friday June 13 - team selections completed and uniform orders placed (NTC players to attend)

Nationals - August 23-29 in New South Wales

Girls - 19 years and under (U20) Coach: Leesa Langley Assistant Coach / Manager: Lauren Jacobs

Trial/training times: 4.00pm - 6.00pm at Darebin International Sports Centre

Trials 1st trial - Tuesday March 25 2nd trial - Tuesday April 29 3rd trial - Tuesday May 13

For any enquiries, please email SSV via email school.sport.victoria@edumail.vic.gov.au