ACADEMY STAFF

MICHAEL ZAKOSKI

Academy Director

 

Having returned from Europe after two spells across Spain and Italy, Michael has completed coach education under both UEFA & AFC Football Federations, having gained experience in working alongside UEFA Pro Licensed staff

Working closely with parent academy, FC Malaga City, the FCCC Program aims to mirror the football philosophy and playing style as seen abroad. This player development philosophy is something unseen in the ever - developing culture of Australian football, and will provide an insight into the day to day practices at the highest level. 

Among a number of notable achievements in the game, Michael lead Canberra Olympic FC to their first U23 NPL Premiership in 2020. Michael has more recently been appointed as Head Coach of Belconnen United NPLW for the 2021 season and aims to continue his run of form. 

NICK ZAKOSKI

Senior Coach

 

Having represented the Macedonian U19 National Team in the 2016/2017 season, Nicholas has experienced numerous spells across Spain, Macedonia and Australia, having played for the Sub19 Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa, who at the time were competing in the La Liga 2 at Senior Level. 

Furthering his education by becoming a Qualified Personal Trainer, and undertaking studies in Exercise Science, Nicholas holds an important role in the program by working closely with players both on and off the pitch, as a mentor and coach. 

His most recent roles have seen him assist Academy Director Michael Zakoski at Canberra Olympic, where he also featured in the side at CB. Nick will resume his role in the side in the upcoming U23, 2020 Season at Canberra Olympic. 

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MICHAEL SOUTHAM

Media Manager

 

 

From travelling to India with Australian National Cricketer Michael Clarke, to shooting weddings across Australia, Michael brings an extensive range of knowledge in photography, videography and social media.

 

Currently working full time at the Department of Environment as a photographer, he also runs his own photography business, specialising in the production of wedding photography, events and portraits. 

 

In addition to his photography endeavours, Michael also currently plays for Canberra Olympic FC in the ACT NPL 1, and brings a wealth of experience in the highest level of local football. In recent years, Michael has heavily featured in 3 x U20 NPL Finals Series, having also received U20 Player of the Season in 2019.