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Manchester City arrangement with South Australia school Rostrevor College

Rostrevor College situated in the leafy Adelaide suburb of Woodforde, may not be well known outside of South Australia.

The college is a boy’s catholic primary, secondary and boarding school that will celebrate in 2023 – 100 years since it was established.

Parents of the school’s students can pay anywhere between $5000-$15,000 a year, depending on what grade – all for the privilege of sending their son/s to this great institution,

While its alumni feature a raft of AFL players, there have been some notable football players who have graduated.

Socceroos greats John & Ross Aloisi have worn the uniform of the red and blacks as have A League players like Bruce Kamau, Paul Izzo & Daniel Mullen.

In response to a seismic shift in interest of football at the school, Rostrevor College in late 2021 announced it would be delivering a specialist football program as part of its Physical Education curriculum.

Ex-student, Socceroo, Adelaide United & current Campbelltown City player, Daniel Mullen is spearheading the new program.

Mullen will work closely with the school’s director of football, Terry Frangakis – who has experience of being a technical director in the SA NPL, with an emphasis on performance analysis via the latest football technology.

Frangakis is also the coach at Rostrevor, which is Adelaide’s most successful football school, having won nine Championships in the Adelaide Schools (SAAS) competition- he has coached the side to both State and Divisional titles in recent years

Rostrevor looks set to continue to be the leaders when it comes to South Australian school football, after striking a partnership with English premier league giant, Manchester City – that begins in 2023.

The college has assured it will be run like a school rather than an academy, in the sense of not keeping and trying to solely produce players for any one of the several clubs under the City Financial Group banner

A coach from Manchester City will join the school permanently in 2023 and this will be the giant’s 3rd Australian college they are aligned with now – following on from St Laurence’s College in Brisbane and Parade College in Melbourne.

In a statement, Manchester CIty said it was “excited to share” its sporting expertise with Australian juniors, and that assisting the “personal development” of students was also an essential aspect of the program.

“By working together, our program will deliver a world-class football education that is tailored specifically for students,” City Football Group education director Jorgina Busquets said.

The tailored program will consist of:

*Personal development for players
*All aspects of the sport in terms of being a player, referee, coach or administrator
*Integrating tactics, philosophy and sportsmanship.
*Inspiring students to be the best they can be, on and off the field

Rostrevor college currently has on its books Adelaide United youth team players in Adam Leombruno & Fabian Talladira as well as former student Noah McNamara.

Recent graduate Matthew Maio won the 2021 golden boot award and was named in the SAAS team of the year with team mates Aiden Schirripa and Dion Meggetto.

While Lahlan Fusco, Alessio Ruggiero, Elian Pirone and a host of other students have progressed with their SA NPL clubs.

This partnership may look harmless on paper, Rostrevor College will join a large number of schools internationally that the City Financial Group now have a tie to a group that has faced accusations accused of sports washing and breaching financial fair play rules.

The group’s A League side, Melbourne City over the past several years have raided Adelaide for multiple players, coaches and administration staff

This link up might add more bad blood between the two A-League sides, especially with city now able to get a closer look at the generational talent that is still coming through South Australia currently

The City Financial Group’s quest for world domination looks set to continue, after firmly planting their flag in a third Australian city

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