At John Moriarty Football our Scholarship Program is about creating opportunities for talented young elite footballers who have a dream to pursue both their education and football in Sydney.
It is a radically life changing opportunity for those talented young footballers in our program who show exceptional sporting ability. Our partner schools include Westfield Sports High School, Hills Sports High School, Endeavour Sports High School, SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Waverley College.
We operate on a home-based model, where families board our young athletes.
We select scholarship recipients based on:
family’s desire for the opportunity for their child
wanting to do well at school
athletic talent and potential
commitment to training and work ethic
Our young students who come to Sydney are quick, intelligent, aware and creative. However they are amongst Australia’s most vulnerable children, with very wide disparity in educational attainment. They do not have even the basics of a foundational schooling. Our first move is often to resource intensive support teaching for English as a Second Language (ESL).
But here’s the revelationary point. Our methodologies are making it possible to close the academic differential quite quickly, even with children who are a long way behind. Our results are coming from exceptional school and host family relationships, and intensive, culturally-cognisant tutoring – sometimes up to five times per week – with one-on-one, short bursts, stimulating content, creative learning, momentum in sessions and a leaning towards maths, science and technology. It’s even more effective if they’ve been to training or had a run prior. It is a radical new look at Aboriginal education.
Our scholarship holders are showing us their dedication, tenacity and hard work as they aspire – through education and football – to create a better future for themselves and their families
Scholarship funds cover:
host family boarding and costs
pastoral care and support
transport & logistics
Watch video interview to our young athletes:
Meet seven of our 2017 JMF Sydney scholarship recipients:
SHAYDENE (SHAY) EVANS
Inaugural JMF Scholarship holder
School: Westfield Sports High School
Club: NSW Institute of Sport
Shay was scouted by the Australian national women’s coach Alen Stajcic in 2015, when she won a place at leading Australian sports high school, Westfields, in Fairfield, Sydney. Through a John Moriarty Football scholarship, Shay is the first in her family with the chance to complete a high quality Year 12 and contemplate university. It was out of her reach back home in remote NT. Shay is a prodigious sporting talent, and may even represent Australia in football on the way through. Now nearing the end of her second year in Sydney, Shay’s belief in her own potential has become unshakeable. She has been awarded for academic achievement, secured a place at the NSW Institute of Sport in 2016 and 2017, and won the Player’s Player trophy on the 2016 Westfields Sports High School competition tour to the USA. Already creating a legacy at just 15, Shay has inspired six more of her young peers from remote NT to take their own journey of opportunity.
School: Endeavour Sports High School
Club: Sutherland FC
Jayika Thompson came to Sydney at the beginning of Term 2, 2017. Jayika has been an integral player in our grassroots and touring program in Borroloola since we established five years ago. The talented 15 year old defender glimpsed a world of opportunity as one of eight young players we took to Brazil for World Cup 2014. Upon arriving in Sydney, Jayika impressed at trials and secured a season place with NPL2 side Sutherland FC. This has been a fantastic introduction to Sydney for Jayika, where she plays alongside her host sister and goalie, Matilda. Jayika is our first student to take up a football place at JMF Partner School, Endeavour Sports High, in the Talented Athlete Program. Jayika is currently in Year 10 and working very hard both in the classroom and on the football pitch (with six football sessions a week). JMF is very proud of Jayika’s continued effort and we’re looking forward to supporting her through this next stage of her life in Sydney.
School: Waverley College
12 year old Darius is our first scholarship holder to attend Waverley College, a leading independent boys school. Darius is very keen to propel his education and his football and we are sure will continue to show his aptitude for learning both in the classroom and on the football pitch. Darius, and Tremaine Simon, are the most remote of our “class of 2017”, coming from former cattle station, Robinson River, two hours down a corrugated dirt road from Borroloola. His tiny school is excited about his success and is following his every move. Darius lives with his host family in Vaucluse and is keen to take full advantage of the crocodile-free beach just around the corner. Darius has been playing football for Waverley over the winter season and will be trialing with a local representative club for 2018. Darius favourite subjects are Physical Education and Drama.
School: SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Club: Northbridge FC
13 year old Trishanne “Sharney” Miller was awarded an Indigenous scholarship to attend Year 7 at leading Independent girls school, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, in 2017. She is the first Indigenous scholarship holder at the school to come from a remote bush community. Trishanne was selected to play for NPL1 Club Northbridge FC for the 2017 season. Although she has spent the majority of her young playing career taking care of things on the backline, Sharney’s powerful right foot is currently being utilised up front as striker. Sharney is an outgoing young girl with a curiosity for new places; a leader in the making. Since starting at the school, Sharney has taken full advantage of tutoring and classes, as well as co-curricular activities from guitar and choir to football and gymnastics. Sharney lives with her host family in Greenwich and is enjoying living in this tight-knit community.
School: Hills Sports High School
Club: Rooty Hill FC, Training with NPL 1 Club Blacktown Spartans
In mid 2016, at 13 years of age, Brenda came to Sydney to trial and was accepted into the elite football stream at Hills Sports High School. Now 14, 2017 is proving to be a big year for the keen footballer, where she is kicking goals at school and on the field. As one of our most talented young players, we are looking forward to seeing all that Brenda can achieve in Sydney. Brenda has taken full advantage of tutors who have kindly donated their time to work with her up to four nights a week. Brenda has shown great dedication with her academic learning and football training. This season she has been playing with local side Rooty Hill, and was selected to train at NPL1 club Blacktown Spartans. Brenda is a versatile player who creates a lot of opportunities regardless of where she plays on the field. Whether she’s in the backline or upfront, Brenda is always making a play towards goal, often scoring herself.
School: Waverley College
13 year old Tremaine trialled alongside Brenda in mid-2016 and commenced at Waverley College in 2017, alongside two other JMF Scholarship holders, Jeremy Herbert and Darius Kidd. Tremaine is rarely without a smile on his face, a ball at his feet and a bag packed ready for school and training. Tremaine has shown great dedication on the football field and in the classroom, trying his upmost in every lesson and tutoring session. Like Darius (his tribal brother), Tremaine comes from our most remote community, tiny Robinson River, two hours down a rough road from Borroloola, often cut off for months during the Wet.
School: Waverley College
13 year old Jeremy Herbert is our second scholarship holder to be awarded a place at Waverley College. With extended family already in Sydney, Jeremy looks forward to gaining a top-notch education and pursing his football. Jeremy is a sports aficionado, in particular football of course, and rock climbing. He lists cooking too as a favourite thing to do. Jeremy was selected to attend our inaugural Indigenous Football Week celebrations in Sydney in 2016. Alongside twelve other JMF players, Jeremy was lucky enough to walk out onto the pitch with the Socceroos for a World Cup qualifier against Jordon. Jeremy will benefit from being at Waverley alongside two other JMF scholarship holders, where they’ll support each other as they transition to Sydney life.
Two more young JMF footballers have been selected for Year 7 at Endeavour Sports High School in 2018, taking our cohort to 9. Our goal for 2018 is to provide scholarships to 11 young students – a symbolic football team.
Watch video interview with Shay and her host sister Gracie: