Victoria's Most Advanced
Accelerated Development Program

In conjunction with Sporting Club Victoria Pty Ltd, Australia's official representative of Sporting CP Portagul and together with Altona Magic,  Barnies is excited to announce that the youth development system of Sporting CP, Portugal’s most famous soccer team, is to be established right here at Barnies.

The establishment of the Accelerated Development Program will provide Barnies kids, through Sporting Club Victoria, with Sporting CP's world famous youth development programs.  It will also provide an Australian first development pathway for our talented kids to the NPL with Altona Magic, and where talent is appropriate, international transfers within the Academy structure and Sporting CP themselves.

Sporting CP


Sporting Clube de Portugal, or Sporting CP, is a sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal, that is best known for its football team. The club is usually referred to simply as Sporting in Portuguese-speaking countries; in English-speaking countries it is often referred to as Sporting Lisbon.


Sporting have never been relegated from the top flight of Portuguese football since its establishment in 1934 and are the third most decorated Portuguese football club, with 46 titles in all the Portuguese competitions and one international title, the 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup. 


Sporting CP Youth Academy


Sporting Clube de Portugal has a football training facility (Academia Sporting in Alcochete), which accommodated Portugal during the Euro 2004 competition. 


Inaugurated in 2002, The Sporting Academy is the first of such size and quality to be constructed in Portugal. The Academy is one of the most modern and well equipped academies in Europe; situated in a tranquil environment and climate that is recommended for the preparation of football teams.


Devoted to training and management, the complex is ready to prepare for football competition of any characteristic.


Famous for its football youth academy system which features a range of well-equipped facilities and is one of the most renowned in the world, Sporting has continuously developed many world class footballers, such as Ballon d'Or recipients Cristiano Ronaldo and Luís Figo. 



Cristiano Ronaldo credits his success to Sporting Lisbon's development program.

How Our Accelerated Curriculum Works

(1) Our Partnership with Altona Magic (NPL)

Sporting Club Victoria, Altona Magic and Barnies have partnered together to incorporate as many facets of Sporting CP Academy philosophies and strategies as possible within their junior development programs. 


This partnership is NOT designed for Altona Magic to simply 'steal' the best Barnies players but is designed to accelerate development of players within both Altona Magic and Barnies.


This includes the selection of ‘Accelerated Development Squads’ that will follow the youth development curriculum as laid out by Sporting CP.



(2) The Structure

The Structure Explained


As an age group enters into the partnership, a development squad for that age group will consist of between 30-36 players.


Based on the development needs of the players, the squad will be split between Altona Magic (NPL) and Barnies 'A' Level community.


All players within the squad receive the same tuition and development program irrespective of this development allocation. 


The squad train together once per week and have 2 sessions per week with their respective club.


Game day is played with the players respective Club - but the player remains part of the accelerated development program regardless of which Club the player is allocated to.


As part of the development methodology, squad members will be videod during training and on game day during the course of the season.  Video assessment will be conducted both locally and within the Sporting CP Academy for review and developmental assessment. 


Player developmental progress will be fed back into the Sporting CP Youth Academy monitoring systems and if deemed strtong enough, players will be provided the opportunity to be invited to train directly in Portugal with the Sporting CP Academy members.




(3) The Benefits

Altona Magic and Barnies have partnered with Sporting Club Victoria to incorporate as many facets of Sporting CP Academy philosophies and strategies as possible.  In effect, under the guidance of Sporting Club Victoria and Sporting CP, we are replicating the learning and development processes from their world reknowned Youth Academy and are providing this learning and development experience to our players.


This includes the selection of ‘Academy /Accelerated Development Squads’ which will follow the Sporting CP development curriculum.


However, rather than just following a curriculum, Sporting CP offer a partnership of shared knowledge and player and coach development.


Key principles of the relationship include:


  • Squad members will be regularly videod during training and match day conditions and the video will be sent back to Portugal for development assessment.
  • An information database will be retained of players development for long term review and assessment plans
  • Information will be shared within the Sporting CP family to promote recognition of local players internationally.
  • Sharing of coaching information and training of local coaches in leading training methodologies
  • End of season travel to Portugal for further on-site academy training 
  • The relationship builds not just within Altona Magic and BUjFC but feeds back into the 
upskilling of the overall soccer environment.


Three Signficant Benefits


  • The structure and partnership provides any Barnies and Altona Magic player a structured and accelerated developement plan that provides a direct pathway from miniroos, through Community Football, through NPL football, and where the player is strong enough, direct pathways into one of the world's leading football youth academies.


This can be considered a complete development pathway with the opportunity for international player assessment and monitoring.


  • The football development experience across the Club in its entirity is enhanced as the support and knowledge of Sporting CP is filtered back into the Club's curriculum and coaching standards.
  • In addition to the pathway, the Structure provides our members access to international level philosophies, training techniques and the latest in development methodologies to better develop our players.

(4) Final Thoughts


As this is an accelerated development program that is designed to replicate the Sporting CP Youth Academy philosophy and training methods at Barnies and Altona Magic, it may not be suitable for all players.


Players will have a higher 'performance' expectation within the program and the training requirements and 'dedication' to learning will also be increased.


Barnies will retain all aspects of its Community program and we offer this accelerated development pathway to players who aspire to improve their soccer skills in a higher performance environment.



Frequently Asked Questions

How does this impact Barnies generally?


We remain committed to providing Soccer For All and this program is seen as an extension on that philosophy.


The provision of the accelerated development program will not be suited to everyone.  It does require a bigger commitment to football development and will involve additional training sessions, possible tournament participation, and a longer training and playing season.


Accordingly, for those players with second sports, or who would prefer to continue 'as is' - this is absolutely fine and the current curriculum implementation will continue to be available.  The development pathways will simply run alongside each other.


The Committee sees the development pathway as an extension of opportunities currently being provided by Barnies and not a replacement.​​​​​​​

Barnies will retain all aspects of its Community program and we offer this accelerated development pathway to players who aspire to improve their soccer skills in a higher performance environment.

What Age Groups can participate in the accelerated development?


For Season 2018, we are trialling two age groups.  Under 12's and Under 13's.


Subject to the successful introduction of the program within Barnies, we anticipate being able to provide the same opportunity to further age groups leading into Season 2019.

How does my child become involved?


We will be holding trials for entry into the accelerated development program.


Timing of the trials will be communicated shortly and are expected to take place January / February 2018.


For children who are unsuccessful in being involved in the accelerated development pathway, opportunities will still exist to join Barnies within the Community Program.  


This opportunity presents to the child the ability to receive indirect program benefits stemming from the Barnies enhanced curriculums' to better understanding and preparing for the next available opportunity under the watchful eyes of the Barnies TD and coaching sub-committee.

What costs are involved?


Barnies continues with their philosophy of lower cost soccer participation.


With the increased use of equipment, resources, training requirements etc. it is likely that the accelerated development squad members may contribute towards the Club's costs slightly more than other teams.


All fees for 2018 will be finalised and communicated by the Committee shortly.

But isn't Barnies 'just' a Community Club?


Barnies is a community club.   As a Committee we do not see this as a limitation.  


We continue to strive to be innovative in bringing to our members player development opportunites that are at the forefront of soccer pathways.  


As we have continue to invest heavily into coaching standards, this opportunity provides our members some of the very best tuition and development pathways available today.


However, as a Club, we remain open and welcoming to players of all ages and all abilities.

Any other questions


We understand that the Sporting CP Development pathway is different to what has been offered anywhere before.  


In fact, it is VERY different to what has been available at Barnies and more widely within Soccer in Victoria.  That being said, it provides Barnies players a very unique opportunity to learn the techniques, strategies and playing philosophies of one of the world's best youth academies - Sporting CP.


So we know you may have more questions.


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