Institute targets Tweed juniors
Murwillumbah Soccer Club has established a new youth training institute in a bid to kick-start the careers of more juniors in the sport.
The Tweed Valley Institute of Soccer will commence operations early next month and should be fully operational by the time the 2005 junior season begins.
Murwillumbah director of coaching John Bruggy said the goal of the institute is to take junior player development a "step further" than currently available in the district.
"I don't know of any other club that has a program such as this," Bruggy said. "It is something we have been working on for the last five-six years."
The institute will offer three development programs, two of which are club specific.
The junior preparation program is for players aged between six and 10, the competitor program is for 11-14 year olds (both these programs are available to club members only) and the advanced skills program available for all players.
The advance program starts Monday, February 7 at Jim Devine Oval with the other two to begin when the Gold Coast junior season commences.
The club will develop a player-mentor program between its A-grade players and the juniors as part of the institute's operations.