Western Pride FC’s leading players will need to stay on top of their game with the talent rising through the ranks.

This is not a club resting on its laurels. As the men’s senior team seeks to solidify its standing on the NPL ladder and defend the championship, Western Pride FC has launched a special football education pathway designed for elite athletes.

It will be a partnership with the Australian College of Sport (ACS) that will offer a full-time Diploma program for football, delivered over 12 months by expert high-performance training staff.

The curriculum includes technical, physical, mental and tactical elements of professional football and career preparation skills.

It has been a competitive process to secure one of the 32 men’s and 16 women’s spots available, and U18 centre defence/midfield Dylan Vit was one of the successful players at a recent try-outs.

Dylan said it was the professional qualities of the program, and the ability for one-on-one contact that he hoped would help propel his football career towards his goal of signing a professional contract.

“It’s a great opportunity for Ipswich players,” he said.

One of the added benefits to the ACS program that Dylan is looking forward to is the opportunity to tour Thailand and showcase their talents to Asian football scouts with the chance to earn a professional contract.

Western Pride FC general manager Patrick Boyle said the partnership with ACS was an important initiative for the club, and the future of football in Queensland.

“For ACS to offer high quality training and education in Ipswich, this means we can identify and develop players within the area and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to experience professional environments as they work towards a high-performance qualification,” he said.

“Being able to provide programs like this is part of Western Pride’s holistic approach to support players both on and off the field.”

Australian College of Sport chief executive officer Stuart Roberts said ACS was delighted to offer the program in partnership with Western Pride FC.

“It is a key partnership for us within the region that will open up various opportunities as the relationship grows,” he said.

Western Pride FC Men’s Senior team Next NPL QLD game
Western Pride FC vs Brisbane Roar FC Youth

7pm Saturday August 11

Logan Metro Sports Complex

Western Pride FC U18 player Dylan Vit

It is exciting to see Ipswich sporting clubs such as Western Pride FC supporting talented youth with a program such as this partnership with Australian College of Sport.

Council is also proud to support our local sporting clubs, and one of those ways is through Sport and Recreation Grants.

This is a new holistic grants program that aims to support an increased number of sport and recreation organisations in Ipswich.

There are three Sport and Recreation categories, which are open for applications until August 31.

The Event Grant is to help organisations host events within Ipswich. Funding of up to $10,000 is available per event.

The Participation Grant offers funding up to $2000 per application to assist local organisations with programs to increase participation or membership.

And clubs could receive up to $5000 under the Minor Facilities Improvement Grant to help improve existing community facilities in Ipswich.

I would encourage all sport and recreation organisations within Ipswich to apply. Find out more at Ipswich.qld.gov.au

Councillor David Morrison

Works, Parks and Sport Committee Deputy Chairman

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