Brisbane City FC announce Virginia United collaboration agreement

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Brisbane City FC is proud to announce further expansion of its MyCity programs with a new collaboration with Virginia United, ensuring a continued development pathway between community clubs and City.

This collaboration will have one of its first outings at the Brisbane City Day event on Saturday November 24, with the hosting of a series of matches between the two clubs Academies in the morning.

The two clubs will maintain close ties throughout the year, exchanging ideas and offering young players at Virginia a pathway into the National Premier Leagues Queensland set up.

The relationship is already reaping rewards with Jack Benham – who has been a member of the Virginia United Academy player since the U6’s – playing in the Brisbane City FC Under 13’s National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland squad in 2019.

Brisbane City will be working closely with Virginia United this season. (Pic: Virginia United Facebook page)

Virginia United Academy Director Dan Medhurst said, “It is fantastic to finally have a clear pathway in place for our talented young players at the club to transition into the NPL program.

“Jack [Benham] has been outstanding at our club over the past 6 years in both his attitude, dedication and technical ability on the pitch.

“Jack, is however, just one of a number of talented young players coming through our Academy.”

Brisbane City FC Technical Director Tom Laxton said, “We are all very pleased at Brisbane City about how initial talks several months ago have led to a meaningful relationship between Virginia United FC and our club.”

“Brisbane City has been leading the way across Brisbane’s community clubs with a vision to achieve common ground, in order to develop Brisbane’s footballers irrespective of the club they are at and offering great value and quality coaching to all our members and theirs.

“We are very excited about the chance to develop and promote this type of collaborative approach to football so that others may follow.

“Dan [Medhurst] and Jordan [Leatherdale] should be very proud of the coaching that they have provided to players like Jack in their academy pathway.

“I have seen first-hand the work that is put in at Virginia United and it is a club clearly heading on the right path.

“This is clearly reflected in the number of members they have at the club and the quality therein.”

Not only will the clubs collaborate at a junior level, but Brisbane City coaches Francesco Zanoncelli and Carmine Iovino will sign as senior team coaches for Virginia United in the Viva Brisbane Capital League 1.

Francesco Zanoncelli will split his time between Brisbane City and Virginia United – read more about Francesco’s football journey here.

Those coaches will split their time between Virginia United and Brisbane City.

Additionally, members of John Kosmina’s Youth team squads will be able to gain vital senior match experience within the Virginia United FC senior team, whilst also remaining under the supervision of Brisbane City FC technical staff.

“In sharing quality coaching resources with Francesco [Zanoncelli] and Carmine [Iovino] coming to Virginia United’s first team, we hope to achieve a long-term approach to successful football outcomes for all Virginia United players.” Laxton said.

“Both clubs will come together to share ideas and best practices from the youngest kindy kicker to the senior teams.

“We can’t wait to continually help raise the bar of football in Queensland as we build relationships like this with mutual respect and growth.”

Virginia United FC will continue to provide independent football coaching to players of all ages and abilities.

Virginia United have said they are “delighted” with the new working agreement, saying in a statement that, “the closer relationship creates a stronger pathway for our most talented players to continue their development at the NPL competition level.”

Virginia United’s academy will be in action at the Brisbane City Day on Saturday November 24. (Pic: Virginia United Facebook)

The club has a long history of providing a quality service for its local community and members, and is justifiably proud of their record.

Virginia United said of the partnership, “building relationships within the community will enable us to strengthen our ability to achieve these goals.”

“It’s a fantastic endorsement of the Virginia United FC Academy program and shows confidence that our strong community club can nurture and cultivate young talent to the standard required for the NPL.”

Medhurst was excited by the opportunity the new relationship with Brisbane City can provide to his young players.

“Brisbane City FC run a fantastic NPL program with some top-class coaches looking after the squads.

“I am extremely proud of the fact that the Virginia United FC Academy program produces NPL standard players by U13 and this relationship with Brisbane City FC will only strengthen our ability to do so.”

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