Coaching Pathways with Venezia FC open up for City Youth Coach
Brisbane City Youth Development Coach Luigi Cordova will take up a position with Venezia FC as an Academy Coach in Italy.
Luigi, who had been working with Brisbane City FC and was well versed in the City way of developing players, has spent time in Venice since October last year, working with the youth coaches and players in training sessions and assisting on game days.
The coaching pathway opportunity is a direct result of Brisbane City and Venezia FC announcing the groundbreaking youth development partnership in September – report here.
Luigi has since gained unprecedented exposure to the youth coaching sessions with Venezia at their Mestre training base.
“It’s amazing to see how they coach here.” said Luigi in Venice.
“They train every day pretty much, Monday to Friday with games on the weekend, it’s really fantastic. I want to thank Brisbane City and Venezia for the opportunity to be here in Italy enjoying this experience and developing my coaching.”
To make the most of this exciting opportunity, Luigi has decided to stay on in Venezia for the remainder of the season before potentially returning to Brisbane City FC in the future.
For the meantime however, Luigi is planning on embracing the footballing culture he is experiencing in northern Italy.
“The number one thing I noticed is the passion for football, just how much Italians love the sport.” Luigi explained. “The training is very intense, with a real emphasis on the technical ability of the players.”
“The tactics on display are excellent as well, and the players are very disciplined, the coaches are quite strict in the philosophy of how they want to play the game.”
Technical director Tom Laxton said, “It’s great to see such a link between the two clubs and similar styles in coaching and philosophies on developing players.”
In September last year, Brisbane City FC announced our groundbreaking youth development partnership with Italian Serie B side Venezia FC, when Youth coaches Paolo Poggi, Mattia Callauto and Andrea Sonchin came to Brisbane to conduct a series of youth development camps.
Brisbane City and Venezia FC hope to create a mutually beneficial pathway for young players and coaches to develop their skills and pursue opportunities overseas.