Callie Manwaring, Georgia Buchanan, Matthew Parkes and Aidan Hallett from the Ipswich Football Association are ready for the new season.
Callie Manwaring, Georgia Buchanan, Matthew Parkes and Aidan Hallett from the Ipswich Football Association are ready for the new season. Sarah Harvey

Centre of excellence hosts trials

 

IPSWICH is about to take its next step to establishing itself as a stand alone region in Queensland football.

The first round of trials for the Ipswich Football Centre Of Excellence is on February 7 and 9, with the pick of the crop getting the chance to play in their respective Brisbane Division One age groups.

That will be the Ipswich Knights for boys under 12, 13 and 14 and most likely the Western Spirit for girls under 14 and Ipswich City for girls under 16.

The plan is to develop, through these teams, the best young footballers in Ipswich to be ready when, hopefully, Ipswich is admitted into the Junior Premier League, the top club competition in south east Queensland.

“The plans were put in place just over 12 months ago,” Football Queensland development officer Paul Lonton said.

“Ipswich wanted to be seen as a zone in its own right and this gives them the best chance of doing that.

“Last year we had 30 kids turning up but it was only a training program. All the clubs have agreed to put their better players into these teams.

“The centre of excellence offers a more complete training program, skills and game-based training in line with Football Australia's development program.”

Players wishing to be considered are required to attend Brassall's Sutton Park on February 7 and 9 at the following times: 5.30- 7pm for under 11 boys and combined under 13/14 girls; 7-8.30pm for under 12, 13 and 14 boys and combined under 15/16 girls.

Players are advised not to sign to any club until after they have trialled with the centre of excellence as, if selected, they will be required to sign on to the club nominated for their age group.

Please be at the grounds 15 minutes prior to trial time, to confirm registration To register email Paul Lonton at Paul.Lonton@footballqueensland.com.au 

Please include name, date of birth, parents' names, home and mobile numbers and email address.



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