Development Program already roaring success

Brisbane Roar Development Program’s January holiday clinics have kicked off with a bang, with the clinics in the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowomba and Brisbane proving a massive success.

Brisbane Roar Development Program-s January holiday clinics have kicked off with a bang, with the clinics in the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowomba and Brisbane proving a massive success.

The club launched their Development Program in early December, aimed at players between 10 and 15 years old, an expansion of the already well-established Roar Active Program for children under 12.

Despite the first four holiday clinics being held in south-east Queensland, with Brisbane Roar eyeing expansions to regional areas in the very near future, it hasn-t stopped young footballers travelling from as far as Mount Isa and Canberra to take part in the new program.

Mount Isa mum Rebecca Pascoe flew sons Jonas and Austin down for the Brisbane-based clinic that runs Monday through until tomorrow, seeing it as a unique opportunity for them to hone their skills under experienced coaches in a more professional environment.

“We got the email from Brisbane Roar before Christmas and thought ‘why not?-” she said.

“It-s been really well organised, the Puma kit the kids have got looks great and I love the small groups.

“Sometimes when you go to clinics or camps, you-re concerned they are going to be in big groups and not get the individual attention so I-ve been impressed so far.”

Members of Brisbane Roar-s Westfield W-League squad, including vice captain Elise Kellond-Knight and last season-s Player of the Year Tameka Butt, have been involved as coaches while the club-s Hyundai A-League players also visited the clinics to meet the young footballers and take part in a question and answer session.

“It-s fantastic because the kids want to see that,” Pascoe said.

“That-s who they look up to and that-s who they want to be.”

Brisbane Roar Development Program will host holiday clinics during each school holiday break with afternoon training programs set to begin in April.

“This next step will provide a longer and more in-depth development time frame for participants,” said Brisbane Roar Development Program Manager Scott MacNicol.

“Everything we are introducing is to develop these young players into top class footballers.

“We have seen some amazing young talent already and we hope this program will develop these young footballers to be the next generation of Brisbane Roar, Qantas Socceroo and Westfield Matilda players.”

For more information, please visit roardevelopment.com.au