Luca Balestrazzi joins coaching team
Brisbane City signs highly rated and experienced youth coach Luca Balestrazzi who is set to join the club for the 2018 season.
The former Bologna Academy player will take on the role of Under 18’s PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland Coach, working alongside Director of Senior Football John Kosmina.
Luca will further add to the growing experienced pool of coaches within Brisbane City’s Elite Football department, delivering sessions for the SAP/Academy teams and the recently announced services being delivered at Gregory Terrace as part of the MyCity program.
“For me, stepping into the Under 18 environment where it is serious football is a big step up, a big challenge and one that I am looking forward to.
“Having the chance to work alongside John (Kosmina) and being in the first-grade environment is going to be great for me and my development as a coach.”
“For kids aged 8 or 18, it’s great to be part of a club that has the kind of pathway that exists at Brisbane City, one supported by an ambition to be a part of the A-League in the future.”
“At City the kids can see something that is not so common, a pathway and a plan ahead of them, rather than every season being unsure what is going to happen, there is a structure in place for them to be part of. It’s good for them and their football development.”
An AFC B Licensed coach, Luca has worked extensively with AC Milan Academy Australia as Skills Acquisition Coach, followed by a stint at Narrabeen Football Club as Academy Director.
Moving to Central Coast Mariners’ North Sydney hub, Luca was SAP Head Coach for Under 9 – Under 11’s, gaining a wealth of experience that he will bring to Brisbane City’s development programs.
Moving away from these continued successes in Sydney couldn’t have been easy, but City’s bold ambitions for the future were a key factor in ensuring Luca came to the club.
“I like the plan, the bid, the ambition to be a part of an A-League environment from a longevity perspective. That will be massive for the club, and for myself a great chance to be involved in that.
“I feel that I am coming to Brisbane City at a good time, in a good phase for the club. I feel that there are a lot of opportunities to build up key programs at the club for the wider football community and schools”
“Being Italian, the Venezia partnership will be great and to take that kind of partnership to the next level and get player exchanges and coaches exchanges off the ground will be exciting.”
“There are a great number of opportunities that are really interesting and that’s why I’m thrilled I decided to sign and be a part of it.”