Brisbane Roar are pleased to announce that an Academy partnership has been agreed with North Brisbane’s Grange Thistle Soccer Club.
The agreement will see the North Brisbane based side become the hub of junior development for future Roar Academy players in the northern end of the city.
This new deal will allow the Roar to help provide all juniors at Grange Thistle the best possible chance to get the highest quality coaching while maximising development possibilities.
Grange Thistle Soccer Club President Craig Buerckner says the club is delighted to partner with Brisbane's Hyundai A-League side and sees an opportunity for players in the area to improve and fulfil their potential.
“As one of the region’s oldest clubs, we are continually looking for ways to improve and to help develop our resources and our players, and partnering with Brisbane Roar helps us to do just that,” Buerckner said.
“There will be a focus on advancing and training volunteer parents, coaches and players to help them to reach their maximum potential in the sport through a series of education programs.
“This partnership helps to ensure that Grange Thistle Soccer Club can provide players on the north side of Brisbane with a pathway into a Development Player Program.”
With the North Brisbane based club not in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland (PS4NPLQLD) or the recently formed Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL), the Roar will assist their new partner to create an outstanding and affordable platform for children to develop with a heavy emphasis on junior football and community engagement.
With similar long-term ambitions and goals for junior football in Queensland, Brisbane Roar Academy Director Drew Sherman is looking forward to working closely with Grange Thistle Soccer Club to provide an inclusive environment for boys and girls to progress into future Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League stars.
"Working with a club that took the decision not to enter the FQPL or PS4NPLQLD allows us together to create a high-quality and affordable program for children to develop," Sherman said.
"This partnership is another positive step forward in our goal of helping as many young players across Queensland reach their footballing potential.
"We're really keen to develop a program that caters for both talented young boys and girls and give them access to our top teams."
Players in the Academy Preparation Centre will receive memberships to access Roar games and will be able to participate in a personalised program of fixtures against teams from clubs who are partnered with Brisbane in addition to their regular season games.
With partnerships already being agreed with a number of local clubs, Brisbane Roar looks forward to continually striving to do its part and assist young boys and girls in the footballing communities across Queensland.