Due to uncertainty surrounding Gold Coast City Football Club and relevant time constraints, Brisbane Roar Football Club has decided to deliver the proposed Gold Coast Academy Preparation Centres itself.
Three centres will operate on the Gold Coast at Tweed Heads, Broadbeach and Southport with BRFC Academy staff overseeing the delivery of the programs for kids aged 6-11 years.
BRFC Academy Director Drew Sherman says the decision will not impact on the cost of participation, meaning the programs remain affordable and accessible for all young male and female footballers.
"The aim of the Academy Preparation Centres program was always to influence the creation of high-quality training environments working with clubs," Sherman said.
"This decision to deliver the Gold Coast model ourselves will give BRFC complete control over the development of talented players in the area.
"We've designed the program as supplementary training to existing club commitments, and kept the cost to join as low as possible, so players and parents can be assured our environments are inclusive and accessible for all.
"Brisbane Roar is dedicated to providing opportunities to talented junior footballers across Queensland and laying the foundations that help develop future Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League players."
All players will train three times per week in quality training programs with participants welcome to attend regardless of which club they are registered with.
Players that wish to register for Tweed United, Broadbeach United or Southport Warriors can train in the Academy Preparation Centres and play for their clubs on the weekend for convenience, but this will not be mandatory.
Trials are now OPEN with the first taking place at Tweed Heads this Sunday, 12 November. Click HERE to register.
BRFC is also looking for additional staff to support the Academy Preparation Centres. Interested parties should possess an FFA B License and can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with an expression of interest.