Brisbane City Academy awarded Gold Star status by Football Queensland
Announced earlier today by Football Queensland, Brisbane City FC’s Academy is set to achieve a Gold Star rating in the new Football Queensland academy ranking system.
Alongside the achievement of the ‘Gold’ status, Brisbane City will be rewarded with a second SAP license for the 2019 season, doubling the SAP intake for each age group across the club.
This outcome will further enable the club to provide more pathways and opportunity for junior football players than ever before.
SAP Co-ordinator Mitch Edwards said: “the decision to reward Brisbane City with a second SAP licence is recognition of the work that the club has been doing in developing players over the last few years and the emphasis that the board have placed on strengthening the quality of coaching in that area of the club”.
“It’s exciting,” Mr Edwards said. “SAP for us is a very important part of the Brisbane City whole of club football plan and this move allows us to further strengthen our SAP program.”
“I speak to coaches at other clubs and many are beginning to realise just how important SAP is and how crucial it is to work in that 8 to 9, 9 to 12 age bracket.
“We are lucky to have a board that also agrees and supports that, is heavily focussed on player development that and it’s driving improvement in that area and across the club.
“Brisbane City has directed significant investment into the highest quality coaches to lay the foundations, to get the players to the best level that they can possibly be and give them every chance to progress to the NPL or other professional academies.”
Club President Robert Cavallucci was thrilled with the announcement, saying: “the decision shows that Brisbane City FC continues to be at the forefront of football development”.
“This decision helps ensure that we maintain our commitment to provide the best quality coaching and development pathways for as many young players as possible and continuing to push the boundaries and be at the forefront of junior football in this country,” Mr Cavallucci said.
“Brisbane City has made many great strides forward over the last year.
“We have eliminated trials and offered young footballers long term multi year commitments, which is an Australian first.
“There is no other club in Australia that has as many full time coaches nor the quality of coaches that we have at Brisbane City, which is another benchmark for our club.
“This Gold Star and second SAP licence is another big step forward for our Club and junior footballers in this State.”
Mr Edwards agrees, adding: “this coaching cohort is the best I have ever worked with.
“It’s exciting how good some of the coaches we’ve got in that area are,” Mr Edwards said.
“We’ve got an unbelievable line up, that has been documented as one of the strongest coaching lineups in Australia for the SAP program in itself.
“There is a wealth of experience in there, there’s a lot of knowledge in there and it’s a very powerful room when all the SAP coaches get together.”
“As a coaching group, we have already spent a lot of time talking about the new methodologies and philosophies we’re going to do and implement things and make sure that our players are going to achieve their goals and progress in a supportive environment.
“It’s one thing having it on paper, what matters is that Brisbane city will deliver when we get onto the training field and that’s when people will really start to appreciate how good of a space we’ve created and how good an environment we’ve created at City for these players.”