Football Queensland (FQ) Wide Bay is excited to confirm the delivery of the Talent Support Program (TSP) and Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) programs in the Wide Bay region from 2021, providing additional playing and development opportunities for talented young footballers.
FQ Wide Bay President Tony Trace said Football Queensland’s additional investment in the region in an integrated pathway for local players would provide a great boost for junior player development.
“Football Queensland Wide Bay welcomes the introduction of a Talent Support Program in the region to complement the delivery of the Skill Acquisition Phase programs, bringing our development pathways in Wide Bay in line with other regional zones and with FFA’s nationwide model for junior player development,” Trace said.
“The TSP model has already proven successful in regional Queensland with programs based in Central Queensland, North Queensland and Far North Queensland, and we look forward to kicking off our own Talent Support Program here in Wide Bay from 2021 as we strengthen player pathways in the region.”
“The introduction of a Talent Support Program provides the foundation for our increased focus on strengthening opportunities for women and girls in our game by creating a new pathway for young female players in the region.
State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said the introduction of the TSP alongside the region’s SAP program would provide significant development benefits for young players in Wide Bay.
“The Talent Support Program is FFA’s approved national junior development model for regional areas in Australia, with TSP programs already established successfully in Central Queensland, North Queensland and Far North Queensland,” Ganczer said.
“We’re very pleased to establish a Talent Support Program in Wide Bay from 2021 in addition to the region’s SAP program to provide talented young players with an additional part-time training program to complement their club training.
“The TSP and SAP programs in Wide Bay will provide both male and female junior players with access to state-wide events such as elite matches and tournaments, and will form Football Queensland’s talent pathway to selection in state representative teams and national team programs.
“We’re keen to see the progress of the many talented young footballers in Wide Bay as they take the next step on the junior player pathway.”
FQ Wide Bay Region General Manager Andy Allan said he was looking forward to supporting the delivery of the programs in the region.
“There is a huge amount of young talent in Wide Bay, and the additional support and access to Football Queensland’s talented player pathway from 2021 will be valuable in strengthening the development of the region’s junior boys and girls.
“Young footballers aged nine to 12 who are part of the Wide Bay-based SAP program will focus on the development of game-related functional skills, while the Talent Support Program will provide players aged 13 to 16 with a quality training environment to complement their club program.”
More information on the Talent Support Program and Skill Acquisition Phase program in Wide Bay will be released in the coming weeks.