Soccer first for Guildford Grammar and former English Premier League club Burnley FC


Stephen Webber, Ralph Heyes, Edward Griffiths and Paul Wozny with soccer students from the Preparatory and Senior School.
Stephen Webber, Ralph Heyes, Edward Griffiths and Paul Wozny with soccer students from the Preparatory and Senior School.

The course, launched by headmaster Stephen Webber and Burnley football development executive Paul Wozny, is for students from years 7 to 12 and is the community arm of the club’s sole Australian partnership.

It will involve highly-qualified coaches and aim to combine academic studies with enhanced playing opportunities, routes into the professional game and a timetable tailored to the individual athlete.

Coaching will also be available to students in the Preparatory School as a pathway into the Senior School at Year 7.

Burnley FC in the Community chief executive Neil Hart said the international partnership was a great opportunity to showcase Burnley FC to a new audience in Australia.

“It will also offer students exciting new ways to develop their football skills and knowledge while using the fantastic facilities available at Guildford Grammar School,” he said.

“We are delighted to partner with this outstanding school and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Mr Webber is excited about the opportunities offered to students in terms of professional coaching, personal skill development and potential future pathways in the global sport.

“The staff involved with the Burnley FC program are very experienced and we look forward to the strong relationship continuing to flourish in the years ahead,” he said.