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ECU backing soccer in WA

Friday, 07 October 2011


  • School Sport WA Football Coordinator Paddy Rooney, ECU's Dr Fadi Ma'ayah, Woodvale SHS Captain Kathryn Riley and Woodvale SHS Coach Aric Forman.

    School Sport WA Football Coordinator Paddy Rooney, ECU's Dr Fadi Ma'ayah, Woodvale SHS Captain Kathryn Riley and Woodvale SHS Coach Aric Forman.

ECU is continuing to support soccer in WA, with the University crowning four champion teams at the recent School Sports Western Australia Football Cup competition, which it sponsors.

ECU Exercise and Sports Science Senior Lecturer Dr Fadi Ma’ayah attended the finals of the School Sports WA Football Cup competition and presented the trophies to the winners.

“The standards throughout the competition demonstrated the enormous depth of talent within the schools,” Dr Fadi said.

The final results were:

  • Junior Girls: John Curtin CA defeated Woodvale SHS 1-0;
  • Junior Boys: John Curtin CA defeated Woodvale SHS 2-0;
  • Senior Girls: Woodvale SHS defeated Safety bay SHS 3-2 (penalty shoot out); and
  • Senior Boys: Safety Bay defeated Woodvale SHS 2-0.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement & Equity), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko said one of ECU’s priorities is to work with communities and schools.

“It is fantastic to get involved with School Sports WA and support the competition. One of ECU’s strategic priorities is to engage with the community and this partnership with the soccer competition is producing mutually beneficial outcomes,” Professor Cherednichenko said.
ECU School of Exercise and Health Sciences Head Professor Rob Newton Head said:

“It is an excellent competition as there are so many health benefits for the students in participating in sports like football.”

Continuing ECU’s involvement with soccer, the University is set to launch Australia’s first soccer degree in 2012, offering students the opportunity to combine general exercise science units with soccer specific unit.

Graduates of the new Bachelor of Sports Science and Football will have the skills to coach teams, analyse player performance and run soccer clubs.

School Sport WA Football Coordinator Paddy Rooney said he was excited about the opportunities this would offer for soccer players in WA.
“I would like to thank our major sponsor for 2011. A big thank you to ECU and the new course starting in 2012 – Sports Science and Football.

"Hopefully this will become a pathway for a lot of our senior players under the guidance of Dr Fadi Ma’ayah, who has big plans for this course in the coming years,” Mr Rooney said.

The University also sponsors the ECU Joondalup Soccer Club Under 12 side, which won every match in the recent Volkswagen Junior Masters competition.

The U12 team is now heading to Poland next May to compete in the international competition.

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