U18 TAC Cup Squad

The Northern Knights are pleased to announce a partnership with Parade College for the duration of the 2017-18 Northern Knights Pre-Season.

The primary terms of the agreement will allow for all Northern Knights programs to train and utilise the sports facilities at the college’s Bundoora campus during the Pre-Season months of November to March, when the home training ground of Preston City Oval is occupied by the tenancy of the Preston Cricket Club.

In an official statement, Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen is thrilled to have secured the partnership.

“We’re delighted to enter into a relationship with Parade College. We have always had a longstanding relationship with the school with so many of our talented playing group coming through the Parade School and into the Knights program (in recent times Jade Gresham). It is great to formalise it and make an even stronger connection with the College. Throughout this season Ben Turner (Parade College Senior Coach) and I had a really strong relationship in terms of managing the loads of the Parade College players and ensuring communication was constant from both parties.” Gieschen said.

“We strongly believe the partnership will benefit all parties involved. From a pure football sense, the access to the football ovals throughout Pre-Season with no centre wicket interrupted will be fantastic for our playing and coaching group and allow us to maximise training time and prepare our players for the way we want to move the ball. The grounds are in fantastic conditions and are the exact type of surface that an elite junior program should train on.”

“From a staffing point of view, it enables us to train all of our squads on the same night at the same location which is invaluable. We can share our Coaching, High Performance and Medical staff across the Boys and Girls programs and have satellite groups which should assist in the skill and physical development of our playing groups across all squads. It cuts our ‘training’ nights for all squads down from 4 nights over split 3-4 different locations into 3 nights all at the same venue which takes a huge weight off our staff and volunteer group.”

“The Pre-Season is the most important component of our training program as we have full access to all of our squads and no interruptions with school or representative football so it is the main time the coaching staff are able to help develop the players in all areas. We feel this partnership will be a key driver in ensuring the best possible talent in the Northern Region have access to quality development avenues going forward.”

Deputy Principal of Parade College Andrew Kuppe, believes the partnership is a win-win for both parties.

“We have had a long association with the Northern Knights. There have always been a number of Parade students involved in their program. We’ve always had an approach to cooperate with the club in regards to balancing school football commitments and TAC Cup football, whether it be management of football games played or positions on game day to manage loads.” Kuppe said.

“We’re starting a Sports Academy for students to finish Year 11 and Year 12, who wish to focus on their sport. We want to support Girls football, and I think we share the same passion with the Northern Knights in developing young talent.”

Approximately 20% of Northern Knights Squad members across programs currently attend Parade College, which will allow for reduced Travel Time and increased study / football time for these students.

“There would be a lot of senior football teams that would love to play on an MCG sized venue like we have at Garvey Oval, so we’re happy to enter this partnership and provide the quality facilities that we have here at Parade College.” Kuppe added.

The Partnership will officially commence on 20th November 2017.