Brisbane Roar are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Queensland Christian Soccer Association.
The news comes after the Roar recently announced development partnerships with Brisbane Olympic & Gold Coast City FC.
BRFC believe this new relationship with QCSA will ensure players can participate in football and be engaged in a positive training experience, regardless of individual circumstances.
The connection will also provide a pathway to Brisbane Roar's Academy for talented QCSA players.
Roar Academy Director Drew Sherman is aware of the responsibility the Roar have to help grow the game in Queensland.
"As the only Hyundai A-League Club in Queensland, it is crucial for Brisbane Roar to provide equal opportunity for all talented players, regardless of their background," said Sherman.
"Working with QCSA allows us to identify talented players currently involved in church football that would have previously been missed by the system."
The Roar will develop the standard of coaching in QCSA clubs by delivering five grassroots coaching workshops per year to QCSA coaches.
QCSA will ensure the Roar are aware of talented players within their Clubs, and the Roar will be able to include these players in the Talent ID process.
The relationship will help raise the general level of football delivery in Queensland and bridge the gap between the grassroots and talented player pathway, while increasing the long-term chances of talented young players emerging from our state.
By investing in youth football now, Sherman hopes the Roar will be able to improve future crops of Queensland footballers.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that football in Brisbane and Queensland is strong across the board, and this will mean that in future, more talented young players come from our state," said Sherman.
"This partnership provides us with an exciting opportunity to help support volunteer coaches working in grassroots football, with almost 7000 junior participants."
"Through workshops we aim to ensure that the broader footballing community can expect a positive experience when first engaged in our sport".
QCSA Secretary Brett Cheetham is looking forward to seeing the arrangement bear fruit in future years.
"The QCSA's relationship with Brisbane Roar Football Club will benefit coaches and players from all walks of life," Cheetham said.
"The partnership will also offer a positive pathway to enhance our coaches abilities and give talented players from the QCSA a great opportunity to explore where football can take them."
"The QCSA is very excited our players have the opportunity to showcase their skill while playing in Christian Football.
"We are enthusiastic to embrace this opportunity to work closely with Brisbane Roar FC."