About the program

Manchester City Football School at St Dominic’s College

About the Program


In 2024, St Dominic’s College are excited to be launching the Manchester City Football School.

The Manchester City Football School will provide authentic and creative football coaching programmes for students, utilising the coaching philosophy and methodology of Manchester City. We are one of only two schools in NSW and one of five in the country to offer this exceptional program.

St Dominic’s College Football School will run an elite football program, based at the college, delivered by a dedicated Manchester City resident coach utilising our expansive fields, with pitch 3 being dedicated to the program.

St Dominic’s College is thrilled to be chosen as one of only two schools in New South Wales, to partner with one of the world’s largest and most successful football clubs.

“The Manchester City Football School will be aligned with our core philosophies and values and St Dominic’s will leverage an established and globally acclaimed sporting curriculum, providing the College with unsurpassed access to exceptional resources, opportunities and coaching.

The Partnership with Manchester City and the integration of the Football School within our curriculum will provide unparalleled opportunities for not only our students but also for our wider community, including a dedicated program tailored for girls, with training programs run beyond school hours.

Starting in the 2024 academic year, the Man City Playbook will be applied in our students’ PDHPE lessons and football programs. Our St Dominic’s College Football Teams will be coached how to play the Man City way.

We will also have a Manchester City Football coach as part of St Dominic’s College full-time staff with role to:

  • Coach across the school with our co-curricular staff
  • Mentor our co-curricular football staff through accredited Man City coaching credentials.
  • Running the Manchester City Football School

It is an expectation that those students who have trialled and been accepted into the Manchester City Football School at St Dominic’s, uphold the values of the College at all times. Any student who does not commit to their academic and service commitments may be withdrawn from the Football School Program.


Who can apply?

For the 2024 launch, we are looking for students who are currently in Year 6 and Year 8, 2023. We are inviting families of these students to attend an Information Evening on Thursday 21st September at 6:30pm to get further information about the Football School and apply to trial on Saturday 7th and 14th October. Please note the success in this elite program will be based on successful trials and the regular school enrolment process.

This includes current St Dominic’s College students, students who are enrolled to start at St Dominic’s in Year 7, 2024, students who are on our waitlist for 2024 and students in Year 8 who would like to trial.

The Football School at St Dominic’s will continue to expand in 2025, offering further opportunities for the original participants as well as enrolling new cohorts.

Manchester City Football School Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Thursday, 21 September at 6.30 pm.

Lecture Theatre, St Dominic’s College. Copeland Street Kingswood

Parents will be invited to register their son/s to trial at our Parent Information Evening, or online from 21 September 2023.

When are the trials for the Manchester City Football School at St Dominic’s College?

Trials for the Manchester City Football School 2024 for current Year 6 (Year 7, 2024) and Year 8, 2023 (Year 9, 2024) students.

7th and 14th October at St Dominic’s College Oval 3. Trial Times will be shared at the Information Evening.

Please wear plain sports attire with no visible branding and bring water.

If successful, how much does it cost to be part of the Manchester City Football School?

The cost is $2,000 per annum per student which includes co-branded Manchester City & St Dominic’s College playing kit. Football boots are not provided. Standard St Dominic’s College enrolment fees, sundries, charges, levies and annual tuition fees are payable each year in addition to the Manchester City Football School fee. In order to participate in the Manchester City Football School, you must also be an enrolled student at St Dominic’s College

What attributes are you looking for in the trials?

We are looking for students who are passionate about football and work well as part of a team. Preference will be given to students who have football experience and meet the behavioural and uniform expectations associated with enrolling at a Catholic School.

How many students will be on the Manchester City Football School program in 2024?

There will be a maximum of 48 students enrolled in the Football School for each of Year 7 & 9 2024.

If my son is successful in the Manchester City Football School trials, what happens next?

  • If you have already applied for enrolment at St Dominic’s College and been interviewed, we will notify you of the outcome of the trial via email. This may include Accepted and Waitlisted candidates.
  • If you are on our enrolment waitlist, have submitted an Application for Enrolment form but not yet been interviewed, you will be invited to interview with one of our College Leadership Team.
  • If you have not yet applied to enrol at St Dominic’s College, you will be requested to complete a St Dominic’s College Enrolment Application and once this has been received, you will be invited to interview.

Application fee of $120, Acceptance of Enrolment Fee of $120 and levies are all payable in addition to the Football school fee of $2000.

What benefits does my son receive for being in the Football School?

The Manchester City Football School will run within the normal school timetable for 2024. Year 7 students will be offered four periods of training per fortnightly cycle in addition to sport. Year 9 students will be offered 6 periods of training as an elective in addition to sport. Timetable sport for both groups is four periods per fortnight and offers opportunities to play competitive football against other schools and sporting teams. The Man City Coach will look for opportunities to expand competitive matches and enter competitions throughout the year.

The Manchester City playbook may also be integrated into PDHPE classes.

If we decide that the Manchester City Football School is not suiting our son, can we pull out of the program?

Yes, but the annual fee for the current year will be forfeited.

For all other questions, please contact: mancityfs@stdominics.nsw.edu.au