Nerang Eagles Soccer Club formed a partnership with AFA back in 2015. Since then, the strength of their program has increased significantly over time.
AFA look after the JPL and development squads at Nerang from U11 all the way through to U18. The professionalism and expertise that they bring to the club through their coaching techniques and procedures are second to none.
The club have Daren Olive as the Director of Coaching and Gary Scott as the Technical Director of AFA, both who have been with the club since 2015. They work together to provide training programs for all players at the club, regardless of ability and age.
The program is something that club President Michael Opie is proud of and has full praise for.
“We want to make sure that we not only have a social steam for our footballers but also and elite stream. We know that to grow the club we not only need JPL teams but other divisions where kids can enjoy their football.”
Since partnering with AFA, junior numbers have doubled from 150 players to over 300. The club has JPL teams in U13, U15, U16 and U18’s with several development squads this year.
The aim for the club is to have a JPL team in every age group next year. The Eagles have already achieved success against their fellow peers, taking out the 2017 Club Championship with strong performances across the board in not only juniors but senior mens and womens.
“It has really showed the strength of the club that we have managed to perform across the board to take out the Club Championship. Although it may not seem like a big achievement, it is an indicator that we are going in the right direction,” said Opie.
The long term goal for the club is to not only be a powerhouse in junior football but have a strong senior mens and womens teams on the Coast.
“Our main aim is to continue to build the club in the right way. We want all our players to know that we have a pathway for a professional career in football as well as a social career. We have several of our players playing overseas or interstate already, with the idea that we can continue to build on the relationship we have our overseas partner club Celtic FC,” said Opie.