The winning Under-11 and 12s team from the Telstra State SAP Championships for Boys in Coffs Harbour.
The winning Under-11 and 12s team from the Telstra State SAP Championships for Boys in Coffs Harbour. Alyshia Razmovski

SCU Liverpool academy shines at state

SOUTHERN Cross University and Liverpool International Academy are celebrating after its players were part of both winning age groups at the Northern NSW State Championships.

More than 220 of Northern NSW's most talented 11 and 12-year-old male soccer players including a strong contingent of teams from Macquarie, Newcastle and Newcastle Emerging Jets, fought out the annual Telstra State Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) Championships in Coffs Harbour over the long weekend.

With Football Far North Coast electing to partner with Southern Cross University in the ground-breaking Liverpool FC International Academy.

Players in the FNC region formed a Northern NSW 'Select' team which included a number of Newcastle players.

Far North Coast supplied the majority of players in the select sides with 11 of the under 12's and eight of the under 11's part of the Liverpool FC International Academy program.

Academy General Manager Scott Collis said, "We are delighted that local players were identified and provided the core of the Northern NSW 'Select' team.

"The players blended beautifully with several Newcastle based players and the results are compelling about how well the technical development of local players is working at SCU.”

"The new state champion sides certainly had obstacles to overcome, including only getting together as a squad on the day of the tournament and being managed by coaches who are did not know a lot about the players.”

He went on say, "We are extremely proud of how our players adapted and recognise the positive feedback about the skill of the players but also for representing the region as quality young men.”

"The success at the Championships is also a significant endorsement of the decision made by Football Far North Coast to partner with Southern Cross University and in turn the Liverpool International Academy program.”