September 26, 2012 by The Battle of Football
When you think of a school for footballers, you would generally think of a system such as the Australian Institute of Sport whereby students can train at the facilities in Canberra and then be shipped out to public schools to attempt to learn about something, which more than likely will be completely irrelevant to them.
There is where a revolutionary creation in the form of the International Football School on the Central Coast steps into play.
A new school based in the quiet urban landscape of Kariong, the IFS for short, offers students from Years 5-10 an education like non other. Four hours of project based and authentic learning opportunities coupled with two hours of training each weekday.
The Education Side
The school will run like any other – a principal overseeing the running of the school alongside close to 10 full time teachers who are all focused on particular curriculums and cross curricular activities. Which averages out to being one teacher to 25 students (based on an enrolment of 250 students in the first year).
The school day will run from 8:30am until 1:30pm (followed by a two hour training session). It is through the use of open space learning that the room will feel less like the insides of a textbook and more like living within an ecosystem.
There is no need for a classroom to feel cold, dark or depressing in the modern age and the IFS agrees. An organic environment, fertile with questions, discussions, connections and meaning making. A place for collaborative learning. No longer is learning focused on solely the individual, rather IFS is a place, which encourages reflection, passions, feedback and learning.
One of the major parts of the International Football School is the notion of Project Based Learning (or PBL for short) – rigorous classroom projects to facilitate learning and assess student competence.
It is an instructional method that provides students with complex tasks based on challenging questions or problems that involve the students’ problem solving, decision making, investigative skills and reflection that involves teacher facilitation but not direction.
Six full time coaches and six part time coaches, all fully trained in the uses and effectiveness of the FFA National Curriculum style of football.
With a two hour training session each weekday provided under the watchful guidance of one of Australia’s Greatest Ever Footballers and the school’s technical director, Julie Dolan, there is no doubt that the support and coaching standard will be of the highest standard available.
Joining the ranks of the IFS coaching staff is Joey Peters, widely considered as a rock in the midfield for both the Matildas as well as Newcastle Jets W-League squads. It is her communication skills and quick strategic thinking that has made Joey an outstanding coach with plenty of room to grow even more.
Brad Porter also has joined the IFS family in the role of Football Educator and Talent Scout. A position the former Central Coast Mariners midfielder is relishing.
Should I send my son/daughter to the IFS?
The short answer is yes.
The International Football School is focused on creating the perfect balance between an education, playing and lifestyle. A notion which many schools have contemplated but few have managed to achieve.
The difference with IFS is the professionalism in which the school is the school is being built upon. With some of the best teachers and coaches available to provide support and guidance for your child, there is no doubt that IFS is the start of something great in the world of education in Australia.
To find out more about the school, click here
If you are considering applying for a spot at the International Football School, click here