Roar's School of Football initiative launched

Football Queensland and Brisbane Roar have joined forces to create a brighter future for the state’s junior players by launching the exciting new Brisbane Roar School of Football initiative.

The collaborative program will reshape the state’s footballing landscape by offering additional, year-round training opportunities at affordable prices for players aged 6-16.

Open to juniors of all abilities and experience levels – regardless of whether they are registered with Football Queensland – the Brisbane Roar School of Football supplements the essential work of community clubs through high-quality coaching in a supportive, safe and fun environment.

Following the program’s debut in Logan next month, up to 20 Brisbane Roar School of Football sites are expected to be rolled out across the state throughout 2017 and beyond.

Each participant will undertake two sessions for up to 40 weeks of the year under the guidance of skilled and dedicated coaches.

The School of Football adds to Brisbane Roar’s stable of community football programs including the successful Roar Active Program.

BRFC Managing Director Mark Kingsman said the new project reinforces the club’s dedication to the grassroots game.

“Brisbane Roar is committed to supporting the growth of football right across Queensland,” Kingsman said.

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“The School of Football concept enables us to play an active role in fuelling the passion of junior players and helping to fulfil their ambitions.”

Brisbane Roar and Football Queensland recognise the primary role of community clubs in developing junior players and are excited by the potential for the School of Football to add to their essential work.

Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster said the initiative addresses a grassroots desire for juniors to further engage with the game.

“We are proud to partner Brisbane Roar in providing this fresh new endeavour to Queensland’s footballing community,” Foster said.

“Research has shown a need for us to offer more opportunities for quality coaching. Young players will get that at the Brisbane Roar School of Football.

“We look forward to lending our administrative experience to Brisbane Roar in building the program across Queensland.”

The historic first Brisbane Roar School of Football site kicks off on Wednesday, 19 April at Mappas Oval in Logan.

In addition to the initial first 10-week training block, a further two terms will be held in tandem with school semester dates.