Surfers Paradise Apollo have had an extended partnership and relationship with South Side Dragons (SSD) and developed a development program called Fighting For My Dreams.
With former professional football player Cristobal Soto Montecinos as the head coach and founder of the program, the club have provided its members a specialized option for Juniors to excel in their football dreams.
Having begun in Chile in 2008, the program focuses on a South American style of football. The program was set to inspire young juniors and ignite their passion through the program itself.
The presence has been felt throughout South East Queensland, with success and qualifications achieved throughout the world, from Brazil in 2011 all the way to Northern Ireland in 2014.
The club has gone leaps and bounds since the program has been introduced and it has had a positive impact for all the players involved.
“We have had several players from SSD and SPASC develop extensively and are now playing at SAP level for GCU. It shows that we are doing something right,” said club secretary Vera Georgiou.
The juniors at the club are developing within the program, as it specifically focuses on individual development within a team. Talented players are benefiting from developing their strengths but most importantly their weaknesses.
“We put an emphasis not on winning but ensuring that every player is developing and learning as individual and in a team environment,” said Soto.
The club has no plans to slow the program down and are continuing to build for the future.
“We are looking at continuing to attract young footballers to this style of football and focus on a professional development,” said Soto.
“We have a vision to coordinate and exchange program for junior footballers to and from Chile and Australia.”