Brisbane Roar FC are thrilled to confirm that PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland side Far North Queensland Heat have signed on to become an Academy partner.
The agreement will further help strengthen development pathways in Queensland for junior footballers.
"The FNQ Heat are excited to partner with the Brisbane Roar to deliver the Brisbane Roar Academy," Director Shaun Donaldson said.
"The FNQ Heat Board see this as a key step to further develop pathways for young footballers, enabling them to develop their skills and access greater footballing opportunities."
The new partnership with the Cairns-based club means yet another region in Queensland has been covered strategically, with the Roar’s new Football Academy program due to commence in January 2018.
Both parties are committed to providing the best possible football coaching and education for young up-and-coming players across the area and Academy Director Drew Sherman is thrilled to welcome the regional-based partner on board.
"Opportunity, progression and access to the highest quality coaching and facilities for young boys and girls has become a huge priority for the Roar," Sherman said.
"We are confident this partnership will provide a clear and tangible pathway for youngsters dreaming of playing Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League football.
"As a club, we are continually working hard to ensure this long-term goal is achieved."
After recent changes to football in Queensland, Brisbane Roar believe now is an excellent time to provide support to FNQ Heat as the only PS4NPLQLD club in the region.
As with all of the Roar’s current partner clubs, the Academy Preparation Centre will be launched for players between 5-12 years old, to allow the Hyundai A-League club to identify players with the potential to enter the BRFC Academy in Brisbane.
In further positive news, the Roar will also give support to the development of a new model for players aged between 13-17 years old, which in turn will potentially attract the best players in FNQ.
These footballers will compete in the local competition as a FNQ Heat Youth side, where they will be exposed to the same training conditions as the BRFC Academy players in Brisbane.
The common goal from this is that the club allows talented children to access high-quality coaching and games should they not be able to, or until a plan has been determined to relocate them to the Brisbane Roar Academy program.
Once established, this will be the first model of its kind between Brisbane Roar and an Academy partner, with the reason specifically for children too far away from Brisbane to participate in our Academy program.