The Club are delighted to be partnered with one of the most prestigious school’s in Australia, Nudgee College. Nudgee College is located in the northern suburbs of Brisbane and is internationally renowned for its outstanding performances in football, cricket, rugby, rowing, swimming and basketball. Their football programme regularly coaches over 750 boys – 150 of which aspire to play at an elite level.
The partnership between the Club and Nudgee College includes a temporary relocation of one of the Club’s qualified Global Football Development coaches in Brisbane to work closely with the College’s football staff to help the young players and coaches at Nudgee College to reach their full potential. As well as developing players, the programme will provide opportunities for aspiring local coaches to be mentored by the Club to enhance the school’s quality of delivery across its teams.
One of our coaches spent 12 weeks in Brisbane last spring, incorporating the world-class player and coaching development methods that are used in our Academy into the Nudgee College’s training programmes. Despite being impacted by travel restrictions in 2020, there is real intent to continue the growth of the partnership through individual player development and coach education both in person and virtually as we move into 2021 and beyond.
Andy Rogers, Head of Global Football Development, said: "We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious partner as Nudgee College. The success of the first 12 week visit into Brisbane is testament to the authenticity of the partnership. The players and staff from Nudgee have been outstanding and we look forward to continuing our work into the next year and beyond!"
Jamie Pybus, Director of Football, said: "We’ve had terrific opportunities to engage with a range of Academy and Global Football Development sessions at the Club. We will spend time at the end of our visits assessing exactly how we can put what we have learnt into practice to offer the best possible coaching and development opportunities to our players and coaches."
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