The most expensive Australian football academy ever opens, according to latest data
The most prestigious academy in Australia, West Point Academy, has opened in Lake Forest, with a new $1.5 million building that is designed to be the envy of any soccer club in Australia.
West Point Academy has been built to attract the world’s top soccer talent with a campus that will house more than 200 players and coaches.
The academy’s website describes it as a training facility designed to teach all levels of the sport and to develop players for the national team.
Westpoint’s latest building opened last week.
The school’s principal, Michael D. DeMarco, said the new building will allow West Point to provide a “world class education to its students”.
“We have built the building to be a world class facility,” he said.
WestPoint’s newest facility is designed for the world class athletes of Australia.
Picture: Jason South article West Point has had a number of academy facilities in the past but the new facility is the largest yet, and DeMarco said it was designed to meet the demands of a high-level, world-class facility.
“West Point has always been a facility for elite athletes in the US, which is why we have built a world-leading facility here in Australia,” he told 7.30.
“It will be the most expensive academy in the world to build, but we believe in the value of the facility.”
West Point academy in Lake View.
Picture by: Jason SeitzThe academy is expected to take around three years to complete, and it will be built on land owned by the state government.
The state has also agreed to pay $3 million to West Point for the building.
“The school will be open every day for an entire year and the building will be completely self-sufficient,” DeMarco added.
“West Point’s campus will provide the world-renowned teaching facility to the entire school.”
DeMarco said the building was designed for its students to be able to train and play on weekends and for them to return to their homes for weekends.
“This facility is for the kids to develop as athletes, so it is for them, and also the parents to be in control,” he added.
“We want our kids to be successful, so we will not only teach them how to be great athletes, but also how to develop their character.”
The new building has a capacity of about 500 students, but it will only have about half that.
West Point students train at the academy’s facility in Lakeview, before being transferred to other locations.
It is estimated that the students train in the academy at a cost of about $40,000 per year.
West Points main facility has been designed to cater for more than 2,500 students.
It will have a capacity for more players than the school’s main campus, and its layout has been tweaked to give it the “freshest, most efficient training surface” available.
West point’s main facility is used to train West Point players.
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Westpoint’s main facilities in Lakewood, Queensland.
Source: News Corp AustraliaWest Point is a state-of-the-art facility, and the new school building is a major achievement for the academy, which DeMarco described as “the most elite and successful in Australia”.
West Point will be an elite facility, DeMarco admitted, but he said the academy had not been able to compete against the likes of the likes to be held by academies like Melbourne City or Melbourne Victory, and that it was hoping to compete in the same leagues as those.
“There is nothing quite like this,” he explained.
“These are elite schools, but they are not the same as academies, and there is no reason why they can’t be in the top 10.”
If they are able to be as good as these academies then West Point is going to be world-beaters.
“Our ambition is to be on par with the best academies in the country, but at the same time it is not an exaggeration to say West Point will rival the best in the league.”
Westpoint Academy’s new facility will provide its students with a “superior training surface”.
Picture: Andrew MearesThe school was founded in 1924 and was the first state-funded college in Australia for girls.
Its graduates have gone on to play for more then 1,400 countries, including England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain.
The academy’s alumni include former Socceroos captain Megan Rapinoe, Socceroos star Christine Sinclair, England international Steph Houghton, Brazil international Laura Di Maria, Australia internationals Amy Lawrence, Megan Rapicot, Lacey Neild and Sophie Franklin, and Australian internationals Lauren Holiday and Lola Albertson.
The new West Point academy will provide West Point with a superior training environment, DeMarcus said.
“We know that