Hicks To Head Up Brisbane Strikers Academy

Sep 02, 2017 by

The Brisbane Strikers have appointed Russell Hicks, to the newly-created position of Brisbane Strikers Academy Manager.

Strikers Chairman, Bruce Atterton-Evans, said Hicks (pictured) was the ideal choice to lead the Academy, which will be central to the club’s player development strategy going forward.

Mr Atterton-Evans said the Academy would underpin Strikers’ involvement in the expanded PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland competition commencing in 2018 and, beyond that, their push for a place in the Hyundai A-League.

“I’m delighted to announce that Russell Hicks will lead the Brisbane Strikers Academy,” Atterton-Evans said today.

“Three years ago we saw an opportunity to up the ante on player development by investing in a high performance unit. We wanted to support our coaches and players with sports science, analysis, mental skills development and first class facilities at our Meakin Park complex.

“It was a bold move because that sort of thing really didn’t exist at the semi-professional level of football in Queensland. But Russell worked incredibly hard to get our high performance unit off the ground, building networks, recruiting and guiding the necessary expertise, developing its data layers and reporting capabilities.

“He has been successful in developing evidence-based support across a range of disciplines that adds real value to the football know-how of our coaching staff.

“The HPU has, in our view, contributed a great deal not only to our development of junior footballers over the past few years, but also to the back-to-back premierships won by our senior team”.

Atterton-Evans said the appointment of an Academy Manager was a sign of the importance Strikers are placing on the development of SAP and junior footballers going into a new era for the club and the sport.

For his part, Hicks said he was looking forward to the challenge of heading up the Strikers’ Academy. Hicks will also continue as HPU Manager.

“The Brisbane Strikers have a long history of investment in developing young footballers for future professional careers and what the Academy will be about is creating more opportunities for more young players,” he said.

Increased integration of the HPU services into junior development will be a major focus for the club and Hicks.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to take what we’ve learned over the past few years and put it into the Academy set-up where more players can benefit from it,” Hicks said. “We have seen improvements already and we expect bigger and better as we integrate more”.

The Strikers are continuing efforts to build on their coaching staff in 2018 as well as looking for a select number of junior players.

Any coach or player who believes they have the attributes to work within the Brisbane Strikers Academy should contact ceo@brisbanestrikers.com.au

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