Following the formation of last year’s soccer excellence partnership with Burnley FC in the Community, we are pleased to welcome the School’s new Football Coordinator, Garrett McDuling.
Garrett is the on-ground link between Burnley FC in the Community and Guildford Grammar School, coaching the Preparatory School 1st
Team and the Senior School 9A and 1st
XI teams utilising the Burnley FC syllabus. Garrett brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked for Burnley FC when he first arrived in Perth four years ago.
Garrett started playing soccer at the age of five for an under-5s side, and progressed to playing for the Brisbane Strikers. At the age of 20, he travelled to Ireland, where he signed a two-year contract with the Shamrock Rovers. On returning to Australia, Garrett played for Brisbane before starting up his own personal training business, transitioning into coaching at the relatively young age of 26.
Garrett experienced some great success coaching the second division reserve team in Brisbane, and was named the first team head coach the following season. That season the team finished in their highest spot in 50 years.
Furthering his passion for junior coaching, Garrett commenced a Sports Science and Football Degree at ECU in Joondalup, one of only two universities in the world delivering this degree. Since then Garrett has held coaching positions for the Perth Glory Women’s W League and the Men’s A League, Bayswater Soccer Club and the Perth Soccer Club.
Improvements are already evident in the School’s soccer program, with players’ decision making, training, game intensity and positional understanding improving significantly. Looking to the future, Garrett spends three days a week working with the Preparatory School teams, building a strong foundation for the Senior School soccer program.
About the Burnley FC Partnership
The School’s partnership with Burnley FC in the Community was officially launched in 2016. Facilitated by highly qualified coaches and directed by Burnley FC, the partnership has seen the introduction of a three-year Soccer Excellence Program that uses soccer as a vehicle to develop players through a well-rounded sporting education, providing social and physical benefits for players. Providing fun, challenging and progressive coaching initiatives for young players, the program is designed to bridge the gap between grass roots and academy soccer and create a route into the professional game.
The program is open to students from Years 7-12, with regular coaching also available for Preparatory School students in Years 4-6 as a pathway into the Senior School program. Anyone seeking further information on the program can contact Garrett on firstname.lastname@example.org