By Alex Suchocki
Enrollments are now open for the 2014/2015 AFL Queensland Summer Development Program where participants get the opportunity to further develop their skills and AFL knowledge in preparation for the upcoming season.
The Summer Development Program helps prepares young players who aspire to play elite level football in 2015 and is offered to youth aged 12-13 years old (born 2003/2002), 14-15 years old (born 2001/2000) and youth girls aged 13-15 years old (born 2002, 2001, 2000).
It all kicks off on Monday the 10th of November with six sessions leading up to Christmas and four sessions in February 2015.
Programs are run across South-East Queensland at centers including the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane South and Brisbane North.
The Summer Development Program is designed to assist players to gain the most out of themselves and reach their maximum potential. This is done through quality coaching and assistance with skill development, skill acquisition and overall game sense.
AFL Queensland’s Academy and High Performance Coach, Adrian Fletcher places a lot of value on the program.
“The summer program is about building the engine, which we call the aerobic capacity to be able to cover the ground,” said Fletcher.
“We hone in on the three aspects of kicking, fitness and decision making.”
If you are looking to reach the elite level, it is integral to participate in the program as it provides a solid base for players looking for representative opportunities in 2015, all done with the guidance and support from the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS academies.
Summer Development Program graduates include 2015 Brisbane Lion draftee Liam Dawson, who participated several years ago in the program. Years down the track, he is reaping in the rewards.
With limited spots available, the cost of the ten week program is $125
For more information contact your nearest AFL Queensland regional office:
Sunshine Coast 5451 0233
Brisbane North 3865 8700
Brisbane South 3394 2198
Gold Coast 5594 5722