Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Amanda Gifford
The Gold Coast region's junior footballers have responded in overwhelming numbers as the partnership between Hyundai A-League powerhouse Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast City FC begins to take shape.
The Brisbane Roar Academy Preparation Centre in partnership with Gold Coast City FC held its first series of trials on Saturday at The Southport School.
Over 200 junior players from across the Gold Coast have registered for the first stage of trials in a clear endorsement by the local football community of the new program - the first of its kind on the Gold Coast.
The Academy Preparation Centre will seek to nurture young talent aged 12 and under and identify prospective juniors for the Brisbane Roar Academy, which commences once players turn 13.
Earlier this year, Gold Coast City FC was announced as the exclusive Brisbane Roar Academy Preparation Centre partner in the Gold Coast region for the next five years.
Roar have partnered with other clubs in strategic Queensland geographic areas to roll out the program across the state.
The trials process will continue over coming weeks and representatives from Roar and City have praised the support from the local football community.
Drew Sherman, Brisbane Roar Academy Director, was impressed with the talent of Gold Coast youngsters.
"We were very impressed with the standard of football on display,” Sherman said.
“There's a wealth of talented young players on the Gold Coast and these trials have gone a long way to reaffirming our thoughts.”
“Through his partnership with Gold Coast City, we'll be able to develop some outstanding footballers for Brisbane Roar," he concluded.
Gold Coast City’s junior development programs are overseen by Technical Director Jason Buchanan, who has worked closely with Sherman in establishing the academy partnership with Roar.
“We are very excited about this real tangible partnership and the opportunity it gives to young players on the Gold Coast,” Buchanan said.
“It was fantastic to see so many players and parents from clubs all over the Gold Coast recognise the potential of The Brisbane Roar Academy Preparation Centre partnership with Gold Coast City FC.”