Our son Cooper has trained with the Illawarra Football Academy for almost 12 months. During this time he has participated in many of the services Mark Tyssen and the Academy offer such as the Skills Training, Holiday Camps and High Performance Camps with the High Performance Camps offering Cooper the opportunity to train under the guidance of special guest coaches. All this assures us that he is always gaining access to the ongoing professional development he needs to further develop his skills and abilities.

Over the years Cooper has tried many of the other academies and football pathways and even been selected in development squads, however their training becomes quite expensive and at times seems very repetitive not to mention the lack of communication with the parents.

Since training with Mark, Cooper has not once asked to stop going to the Skills Sessions, Holiday Camps etc because he is enjoying it so much. He is enjoying the variety that is offered at each session and loves all of the fun he has with the coaches. Cooper has undoubtedly improved his skills, technique and his understanding of the game thanks to the quality of coaching offered by the Academy.

We would have no hesitation in recommending the Illawarra Football Academy to anyone as we find Mark and his coaches to be extremely professional people who are passionate, organised and genuinely care for all the players. We both feel privileged to have come across Mark and to be part of a great team organisation where it does not matter who you are you are always made feel welcome and the communication between Mark and the parents is fantastic.

Todd and Anne-maree Schofield



Our son has been attending the Illawarra Football Academy skills training and holiday clinics for nearly a year. His soccer has improved immensely as well as his confidence which can only be attributed to the excellent coaches and training format. The training clinics offer a wide range of skills improvement as well as concentrating on game play, while the holiday clinics are really great fun. Our son likes all the coaches, they are all friendly and great with the kids.We have tried other soccer academies but they do not offer the same value for money or passion as IFA does.

Jocelyn Rentoul



My 9 year old son Bowie has had a really positive experience with Marks Illawarra Football Academy this year. He has taken part in a ?holiday soccer camp, an elite skills workshop and is now doing the weekly skills training and the summer soccer competition. Everything has been super well organised and all the coaches we have had have been great with the kids. I love the IFA and their spirit – it is all about the kids. Thank you Mark for creating such a great environment for my son to learn in.

Fiona Johnson



We were unable to find a Soccer Comp in our immediate area for my grandson to play Soccer for 7 year olds, so while doing a Google search for comps in the Illawarra we found the Illawarra Football Academy run by Mark Tyssen, I am very impressed by the way this business is run, as they are fully insured, taking care of the young junior players and encourage them to improve their skills while enjoying themselves. A big thank you to Mark and his Team.

Maree Ryan



It was great to meet Mark today and see first hand the dedicated team that he works with. It is fantastic what they do! Thank you again for giving our school children the opportunity to participate in your Summer Soccer and Weekly training sessions, also the free scholarships that were offered to these kids.

Mary Elphick, Wollongong Public School




Hi Mark, just wanting to say a huge thank you for the start of another great Summer Soccer season! Today was a cracker and the kids (and parents) of lake heights soccer club had a fabulous day… you are all extremely professional and very community orientated – thank you very much!

Fatima, Wez & Mohamed