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MFA is pleased to announce a long term partnership secured with Ladru Academy based in Amsterdam Holland.

Melbourne Football Academy is pleased to announce a long term partnership secured with Ladru Academy based in Amsterdam Holland.
The partnership will see Ladru Academy become an Official Football Education Partner with MFA of Football Excellence, the elite branch of Melbourne Football Academy.

Patrick Ladru, founder of Ladru Academy and Co-Founder of Ajax Online Academy, has been involved with AFC Ajax for over 20 years as the former Youth Technical Director and now the Head of Scouting for AFC Ajax Amsterdam. As the content deliverer of this football educational tool, his knowledge and vast experience is invaluable. Patrick worked with Johan Cruijff when he started his career at AFC Ajax in the 90's and has been lucky enough to work with the philosophy of Louis van Gaal (Head coach at the time).
Patrick Ladru, Head of Scouting AFC Ajax, said:
"I can proudly say that my philosophy is taken from two of the best coaches in the world! Does it get any better than that?"

As Melbourne Football Academy's latest Associate Partner, MFA members (staff, development coaches and players) will have the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam to participate in workshops, training sessions and friendly matches. Melbourne Football Academy will also be the first Football Organisation in Australia to have access to new hi-tech training equipment and new training innovations direct from Holland.

This unique opportunity exclusively available to Melbourne Football Academy, will help further develop MFA Development Coaches which will include coaching seminars, coaching sessions and coaching education workshops. In addition to receiving professional coaching from Ladru Academy professional coaches, MFA players will also benefit from the partnership by participating in a sequence of friendly matches to put their skills to practice.
Furthermore, MFA members will also be provided with a tour of the Amsterdam Arena as well as a visit to the AFC Ajax Youth Academy the famous "De Toekomst" to view training sessions and matches.
This is a wonderful opportunity for MFA coaching staff and players to visit one of the most famous clubs in world football and to experience top level professional football coaching.

Chris Theodorou, Director of Melbourne Football Academy, said:
"We are excited to partner with Ladru Academy and welcome them into the Melbourne Football Academy family."
Managing Director of Ladru Academy, Sander De Goede said Ladru Academy is proud to expand its Football partnership with Melbourne Football Academy.
"We're extremely excited about working with MFA at all levels to grow the sport and educate members the game they love."

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