Players in the Gold Coast aged from 6–18 years have recently attended the first Burnley FC in the Community Australia player development-centred clinics.
The provision is led by our Head of Football Development (Australasia) Paul Wozny and HPC Football, who are Burnley FC in the Community’s key delivery partner in Australasia.
The trip provided a chance to explore opportunities to develop long term partnerships in Queensland and to provide young players with organised, professionally run football coaching programmes.
In partnership with the Gold Coast Football Academy and Coomera Anglican College, the trip gave a snap shot of the excellent future opportunities and initiatives available.
Mr Wozny said: “I was impressed with the general playing ability and look forward to a return visit to engage further with the players.
"Football is a fantastic vehicle for youth participation and inclusion. It can benefit youth at many diverse levels from health to social development, and also to develop the general playing standards of players and coaches in the community.
"We will continue to work with local authorities, clubs and schools using the enjoyment and love of our great game to offer as many young people the chance to be included.”
Neil Hart, Head of Burnley FC in the Community, added: "Broadening our scope of works to communities around the world is a key part of our mission to inspire, support and deliver change.
"With Paul’s expertise I’m sure this provision will go from strength to strength and we are very much committed to supporting this programme of activities.”
For more information on our work in Australasia contact Paul Wozny on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hpcfootball.com / www.burnleyfccommunity.org/overseas