Queensland-based Western Pride is the fifth team to join the blues after Joondalup City, Columbus United, Schulz Academy and Everton de Vina del Mar.
Everton de Vina del Mar has expanded the global reach of its Youth Academy by adding another site to the club’s International Academy Affiliate Program (EIAAP).
Everton has announced that a club has been added to the International Academy of the Club’s affiliate program launched in May 2020
The EIAAP also has structures in place to deliver its program remotely during the coronavirus pandemic through its digital platform, which allows member organizations to access resources and maintain regular contact with blues coaches.
Founded in 2012, the club is the second Australian team to sign up for the programs and will now attract coaching staff and players of all ages – as well as year-round support from Everton Academy coaches.
“I am confident that this new partnership can help Western Pride achieve the goals they have set themselves for the promotion of their club as a whole and the development of their players in particular.
David Unsworth, Director of the Everton Academy, said, “Western Pride’s new status as a member of the Everton International Academy’s Partner Program marks the next phase of their ambition and growth and will ensure that they receive the best athletic knowledge and insight from our Academy coaches.
“At Everton, we have a passion for developing quality footballers, but also for helping them grow as people. This is something we share with Western Pride, a great Academy club with teams of all ages.
“We look forward to working closely together in the years to come.
The Blues already have a strong connection with Australian football, not least through the signing of Tim Cahill in 2004, who later became the club’s hero and a legend for his country.
Patrick Boyle, Chairman of Western Pride, said: “Western Pride is constantly striving to raise the standard of the club, the players and the products offered to the wider football community.
Currently, Everton Hayley has Raso as part of his women’s team following the completion of the Matildas striker’s signing in January, and Sydney-born Con Ouzounidis is part of the U-23 side.
“The partnership with Everton will enhance our strategic and commercial direction to ensure that Western Pride continues to build and have a positive impact on our members. Western Pride will leverage the experience of some of Everton’s leading footballers.
The EIAAP was launched in May 2020 with a primary focus on player development, using the same curriculum that is used at USM Finch Farm. In addition, the program is able to focus on coach and club development.
“Our partnership will motivate and inspire our team throughout the organization to enable Western Pride to fulfill our mission”.
The program is available to grassroots teams, professional sites, youth academies, girls and women teams, colleges and universities.