HF DEVELOPMENT 2023 Year in Review

Preparing for 2024 Hills Football Development has taken an opportunity to reflect on 2023 and the momentous year that it was.

For Hills Football, 2023 had seen a number of new records in all HF Development Programs being set including but not limited to registered participants, retention rates, and player pathway progressions.


HF Development Academy

Across 2023, the Hills Football Development Academy has seen a record of over 945 participants part of the Program over the calendar year, a staggering 63.50% increase from 2022. The Program continues to build on its success over the past few years, with an increasing demand for the Academy now leading to three separate nights where the Program is held.

Furthermore, we are super proud that our Female numbers within the HF Development Academy continues to grow. Compared to 100 participants in 2022, we saw a total of 205 Females in 2023. Capitalising on the success of the Female FIFA World Cup and Matilda’s impact on grassroots football within the country.

The following players have shown incredible dedication in their Football Development Journey by participating in all 4 terms during 2023. These 117 participants are:

U5’s-U6’s

  • Austin Anderson
  • Beau Delmage
  • Charlotte Yang
  • Diyan Arachchige
  • Gurmaan Sandhu
  • Isaac Hana
  • Kaylan Alexander
  • Liam Grillett
  • Salmaan Saqib Akbar
  • Sebastien Kazzi
  • Shiv Naidu
  • Viraat Akkera
  • Yoon Kim

U7’s-U8’s

  • Aarav Sanghi
  • Aarush Babu
  • Amay Tandon
  • Bishesh Bikram Shahi
  • Chris (Totti) Rady
  • Christopher Yiu
  • Eesa Faizan
  • Ezra Ozdemir
  • Finn Sando
  • Jacob BU
  • Jayan Kariawasam
  • Kaleb Ferris
  • Levi Lim
  • Luca Simms
  • Mikhail Illangakoon
  • Neil Bajaj
  • Philippe Kazzi
  • Rivan Jung Lamichhane
  • Ryan Cronin
  • Samuel Yiu
  • Sarthak Pandey
  • Shravan Sairuban
  • William Liebau

U9’s-U10’s

  • Aarav Naidu
  • Aidan Osostowicz
  • Ali Mohsin
  • Ansh Patel
  • Antonio Perri
  • Dante Elgarhy
  • Emerson Jansz
  • Haythan Deng
  • ISHAAN Naidu
  • Jack Cronin
  • Jayden Hana
  • Jean-Christophe Hoang
  • Jeremy Li
  • Jeremy Sin
  • Karim Mansour
  • Krishav Rokadia
  • Liam Lim
  • Lucas Skrzypiec
  • Lucas Taskin
  • Mekonnen Ferris
  • Miguel Rivera
  • Noah Richards
  • Nyal Nasir
  • Oskar Nahle
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Samuel Suarez SIlva
  • Thomas Carnevale
  • Tristan Ramasamy
  • Vihaan Sharma
  • Warren Chen
  • Will Carson

Girls U7’s-U9’s

  • Billie Brown
  • Casey D’aguiar
  • Emma Kwong
  • Lyla Crossman
  • Sofia Banai
  • Stella Araujo
  • Suri Mashal

Girls U10’s-U13’s

  • Dahlia Mody
  • Ema Etchemendi
  • Mila Bodi
  • Sarah Bast
  • Zara Brooks

Goalkeeper ONLY

  • Sebastian Reitsma
  • Thomas Hodkinson
  • Xavier Grima

U11’s-U12’s

  • Ali Mousa
  • Benjamin Caistor
  • Cooper Fuda
  • Cooper Spooner-Smith
  • Faris Saqib Akbar
  • Flynn Taylor
  • Gurkirt Singh
  • Jonathan Doherty
  • Jordan Driscoll
  • Joshua Sherry
  • Kalvian Bekirov
  • Kristian Grguric
  • Leonid Efimov
  • Lucas Wu
  • Luke Joye
  • Milan Novkovic
  • Nikhil Chand
  • Rohan Banai
  • Selim Mansour
  • Taj Perrau
  • Tony Dinh
  • William Lakeman
  • Yamaan Kal
  • Yug Jetley

U13’s-U16’s

  • AIDAN SINEY
  • Artin Shahbandegan
  • Jacob Angelini
  • Jake Herrett
  • Jedd Ferguson
  • Jordan Hillsdon
  • Julian Rafael-Melgar
  • Lachlan Sherry
  • Marko Rancic
  • Phillip Taskin
  • Timofey Efimov

Hills Football Development looks forward to the continued growth of the HF Development Academy, allowing access to grassroots footballers all over the Hills District to receive additional coaching and development opportunities for an affordable price.




HF Development Little Legends

Throughout 2023, the Hills Football Development Little Legends Program saw 262 participants as part of the program over the course of the year. This includes participants involved in HFI Private sessions, Member Club sessions and Preschool Sessions. 

Little Legends was delivered at HFI Member Clubs Kenthurst & District FC and Bella Vista FC during the 2023 Winter Football Season.  

Throughout the course of the year, 16 participants were enrolled in all 4 terms of Little Legends at Hills Football. These players include: 

  • Anna Fogarty 
  • Denzil Guzman 
  • Luca O’Brien 
  • Lucinda Robinson 
  • Eli Christian 
  • Eva Soboljevski 
  • Sasha Soboljevski 
  • Grace Walton 
  • Max Dyer 
  • Kaiden Hawkesford 
  • Nicholas Liebau 
  • Mia Ibarra 
  • Leo Penalosa 
  • Marco Tian 
  • Leo Wang 
  • Lucas Barton 

Across 2023, sessions were conducted at Preschools – Kidz Place, NuKids and Sun Valley Preschool, as well as Terms 2 & 3 at The Hills Grammar School ECEC. 

Hills Football Development looks forward to the continued growth of HF Development Little Legends in 2024, helping preschool-aged participants to learn the fundamentals of football in a fun and engaging environment! 




HF Development Club Player Program

The Hills Football Development Club Player Program saw significant growth in 2023. A new high of HFI Member Clubs Program allowed HF Development to support our member clubs in reaching their Football Development objectives in line with Player, Coach, and Club Development. HFI Member Clubs involved in the Program include – returning Glenhaven FC, Hills Spirit, Hills Pumas & North Rocks, and the addition of Clubs – Castle Hill United, Kenthurst & District FC & Hills Knights.

The HF Development CPP allowed his Football to reach over 646 Grassroots footballers, which in turn positively benefited Hills Football in achieving its strategic objectives of delivering the best possible experience of football with a focus on player engagement and player development.

Hills Football Development looks forward to the continued growth of the HF Development Club Player Program, reaching more grassroots footballers in the Hills District and raising the quality of football and player engagement within the Community.




HF Development Holiday Clinics

Delivered by Hills United Football Club, 2023 saw three successful Holiday Clinics at Bella Vista Public School. Under the guidance of Hills Football and Hills United Football Club Technical Department and Qualified Coaches, players developed their skills in a fun and engaging environment and implemented these skills in game-based situations.

Hills Football Development looks forward to the continued growth of HF Development Holiday Clinics, creating a fun football activity for players of all abilities throughout the Hills Community.




Player Pathways

2023 has seen a new high of Participants involved in the HF Development Academy progressing into the Hills Football & Hills United Player Pathway Programs. A new high of 22 participants have been selected as part of these Programs for the 2024 Winter Football Season and in doing so, taking the next step in their Football Development Journey. These players include:

Hills United F.C.

GSAP

Amalia Gregory-Hellai (U10’s)

Lara Batey (U10’s)

Ruby Haskins (U10’s)

Isla Vincent (U10’s)

Chloe Lukjaneko (U10’s)

Layla Reed (U10’s)

Ava Hitchen (U10’s)

Stella Araujo (U10’s)

Lola Cramp (U10’s)

Ophelia Spicer (U11’s)

Sophia Mangano (U12’s)

Ella Catford (U13’s)

Zara Brooks (U13’s)

SAP

Zachary Camilleri (U9’s)

Ryan Cronin (U9’s)

Antoni Drag (U9’s)

Thiago Fernandez (U10’s)

Miguel Rivera (U10’s)

Rohan Banai (U11’s)

Hills Football AYL

U13’s

Amish Paudel (U13’s)

Thomas Sleap (U13’s)

Anass Khalil (U14’s)

Kavin Jayasiinghe (U15’s)

These players add to a long list of players who have previously participated in Hills Football Development Programs in the past.

Working with HFI Member Clubs, Hills Football & Hills United continues to create pathways and opportunities for Grassroots Footballers within the Hills District. We are excited to see how these players continue to develop and progress on their Football Development Journey.




Hills Football Development would like to thank all participants who were a part of the Programs throughout 2023, and look forward to continuing to expand, inspire, and develop throughout 2024!