Centre of Excellence


To identify and develop talented junior footballers within the Woodville West Torrens promotional zone, metropolitan and country, and provide them with a pathway to play football at the highest level.

Program Outline Aim

The Eagles Centre of Excellence (CoE)  is an innovative program that will provide an opportunity for all junior footballers and coaches from within the WWTFC promotional zone to improve their football skills and knowledge.

The CoE program will be structured to ensure minimal disruptions to School and Club football competitions and will address concerns that junior footballers in our promotional zone are playing too much football.

The CoE will provide these elite players with education and training in all aspects of football including skills, fitness, nutrition and game sense to initially prepare them for the Under 15 State Championships but ultimately for opportunities that lie ahead including State Under 16′s, Under 18 football with the Eagles and beyond.

Underpinning the program will be our Metropolitan and Country Development Squads from which participants will aspire to be added to the CoE.

Opportunities will also be given to the most talented participants in the Under 13 & 14 age groups to represent the Eagles.


All footballers that live within their respective SANFL Clubs promotional zone are eligible to represent their respective League Club.

Whilst footballers from outside the WWTFC promotional zone are also eligible it must be noted that only one out of zone player can be selected to represent a league club in the U15 State Championships.


Each local Junior District League Club and School from within the Woodville West Torrens promotional zone, in consultation with the WWTFC Football Development Manager and CoE Head Coach, will nominate footballers from within their teams with the potential to play at a higher level.

Whilst the CoE will be tailored to suit the needs of the most talented footballers from within the WWTFC promotional zone participants in Junior Club and School competitions may receive an invitation at anytime into our Development Squads with the possibility of being added to the CoE.

The CoE Head Coach (Metro) and Zone Coaches (Country) will attend local football games and liase with all coaches in an endeavour to further identify talented footballers capable of participating in the academy.

The CoE Head Coach will make direct contact with these footballers and their parents to offer an invitation to attend the CoE and will notify the school or local club of the invitation.

Any additions to or omissions from the CoE will be at the discretion of the CoE Head Coach in consultation with the WWTFC Football Development Manager.

Talent Squads (Metro)

Under 15

  • Head Coach – Darren Hams
  • Assistant Coach – Mick Giuffreda
  • Assistant Coach – Duane Massey

Under 14

  • Head Coach – Daren Hams
  • Assistant Coach – Dominic Gagliardi
  • Assistant Coach – Scott Mathews

Under 13

  • Head Coach – Darren Hams
  • Assistant Coach – David Kennewell
  • Assistant Coach – Paul Sheldon

Local Clubs in the Eagles metropolitan zone nominate there most talented players to be part of the Clubs Youth Talent Squads. The program runs for 8 – 10 weeks which involves 1 training session per week at Woodville Oval and 4 games against other SANFL Club Talent Squads.

Bub Smith (Country)

  • Head Coach – Peter Whittlesea
  • Assistant – Liam Whitwell
  • Assistant – Paul Roads
  • Trainer – John Good

The Bub Smith program provides young talented footballers in our Regional zone the opportunity to represent the Eagles at U15 level. Players are selected from the U14 and U15 carnivals proceeding the U15 Championships in July.

The program introduces players and parents to the Club for the first time and players are put through four training sessions before culminating in a trial game at Woodville Oval. A squad of 25 players is then selected to represent the Eagles Football Clubs country zone in the U15 intra state championships held in the July school holidays.

Holiday Coaching Clinic

Holiday Coaching Clinics will be available during the year.

More information available soon.