Brisbane Strikers Confirmed As Elite Junior Club

Dec 05, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers has welcomed confirmation of its status as one of Queensland’s elite junior clubs, following the announcement of junior club rankings for the 2020 season.

Football Queensland today confirmed the pre-season pools for junior teams in the National Premier Leagues competitions in 2020 – with Brisbane Strikers Academy teams confirmed as one of the state’s top six junior clubs in the elite Shield.

The pool allocations follows Football Queensland’s announced decoupling of the National Premier Leagues and Football Queensland Premier League competitions earlier this year and introduction of a three-phase competition structure.

Brisbane Strikers Academy are now confirmed to contest the 2020 pre-season phase in the Shield Pool, before advancing to the highest tier National Premier Leagues Academy league in the competition phase of the season.

Allocations to the pools were based on a technical audit of junior clubs in the National Premier Leagues competition, ensuring the best clubs play each other on a regular basis across age groups to further junior development.

The announcement is the latest endorsement of Brisbane Strikers’ junior operations by the state governing body after its Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) program was recognised with a Gold Rating.

Brisbane Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans said the continual endorsement of the club’s junior programs follows the club’s strategic emphasis on junior player and coach development.

“Brisbane Strikers is delighted to be recognised as one of the top six National Premier Leagues junior clubs in Queensland,” Mr Atterton-Evans said.

“The club is proud of the investments it has made in its junior operations in recent years and this is another example of the rewards being reaped for that vision.”

“We feel we have the best Technical Director in the state in Nacho Ferrer, and we have further supported him by recruiting outstanding junior coaches for next season.”

“The club’s High Performance Unit, overseen by Russell Hicks, is also delivering unrivalled sports science support to our Academy teams at the cutting edge of best practice.”

“We look forward to an exciting season of football ahead for our juniors in a highly competitive environment that will further assist their development as footballers.”

The announcement does not affect Brisbane Strikers senior teams, which will continue to compete in the National Premier Leagues Queensland and FFA Cup competitions.

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