Magic United FC have become the first local based club who have supported the GC Knights in their NPL set up for 2019.
The two clubs began their partnership and relationship at the beginning of the 2018 season, with the integration and support both ways being substantial for the integrity of the programs.
The partnership not only focuses on the playing side of each club, but the business and administrational side that comes along with all the on field activities.
The support from both parties has been crucial to ensure a smooth transition through these growth phases.
Both clubs are aiming to create a solid foundation for player growth and development on the Gold Coast, with a vision to incorporate other local clubs to support this movement.
In order for the model to succeed, the clubs have identified the key implementations that must be incorporated in order to succeed.
With a stable junior base on the Gold Coast for many years, it is a great time for Magic to extend their program and offer the NPL pathway option for their players through the GC Knights.
As both clubs are actively involved in the developmental stages of strategic management and implementation for the future, it allows the influence and principles that have made Magic succeed for many years across the board to be reflected upon the GC Knights as they look to develop their own brand in the NPL.
With an influx of players into the core principle system, it was crucial for Magic and GC Knights to be prepared from minute one in order to fully maximise their opportunities and allow the juniors to have a professional set up from the very beginning.
As the year passes Magic has been successful in a number of age groups as well as Knights, showing that the model is effectively in good stead to continue to grow as the years continue.
The most crucial part for both clubs is to ensure that a pathway is available to all players who are wishing to be part of the elite system.
2019 will be the first year of the NPL set up but the club has already adopted a mentality and professionalism that a club participating in the NPL needs to have.