Brisbane Roar & Marsden State High School agree new partnership

The Brisbane Roar Academy is set to benefit from a new and multi-faceted partnership between Brisbane Roar FC and Marsden State High School, which will become the inaugural site in a series of Roar-recognised High Performance Football Schools.

The Logan-based school will host some National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland fixtures for various BRFC Academy teams next season and provide access to its state-of-the-art infrastructure, which includes multiple football fields, a gymnasium and an indoor court facility plus analysis, rehabilitation and changing rooms.

Marsden SHS, home to over 3,000 students, has been integral to the development of the thriving Schools Premier League (SPL), which became affiliated with the BRFC Academy in 2020 as the Club continues to support talent identification, player pathways and coach development in Queensland.

Marsden SHS will be an initial school base for the Roar’s ever-growing Skills Training Centres which focus on the development of 9-12 year old girls and boys.

The Australian Education Awards’ top public school also becomes the Club’s first accredited High Performance Football School, serving as a pilot program for the new initiative.

BRFC Academy Technical Director David Abela said: “We are very pleased to elevate and grow our partnership with Marsden State High School.

“Marsden is a school with a progressive, holistic philosophy towards player development, state-of-the-art facilities, and a proven track record of developing Queensland talent.”

Abela said Marsden SHS was the perfect first partner in the Academy’s developing High Performance Football School program.

“Our great relationship with the SPL schools has provided the framework for this exciting program, with Marsden as the pilot school,” he said.

“The long-term vision is to officially approve and accredit further schools that align with our principles and belief in the importance of investing in Queensland’s young footballers.”