Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers join forces with Brisbane Roar as Academy Partner


Newly appointed FQPL licensee Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers join forces with Brisbane Roar and the growing network of Academy Partners which include Olympic FC and Gold Coast City FC.

Following on from recent Club Partnerships with Olympic FC and Gold Coast City FC, Brisbane Roar are delighted to announce a new Academy Partnership with Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers on the Sunshine Coast. 

The partnership is another step forward in the implementation of Roar’s long-term academy strategy in working with Queensland football clubs to deliver high-quality player development programs in professional environments.

The key focus of which will be the development of an Academy Preparation Centre for children between the ages of 6 and 11.

It will also provide an additional pathway for young and upcoming Sunshine Coast footballers to make the journey through Brisbane Roar academy sides and into the Hyundai A-League squad.

“We’re really excited about the development of a tangible player pathway on the Sunshine Coast,” Brisbane Roar Academy Director Drew Sherman said. 

“It was clear that Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers with the acquisition of their new FQPL license, are a club committed to developing and progressing talented young players.

“We’ve seen already there is a wealth of talent on the Sunshine Coast, with players involved in our current youth teams having already progressed from Buderim Wanderers.

“Working together with the club to ensure high-quality youth development from an early age will only help to increase the opportunity available for more Queenslanders to progress into our first team, which is crucial to us as a club.”


The partnership is the third of its kind between Brisbane Roar and PS4 NPL QLD organisations and the club hopes to expand its academy and development programs throughout Queensland in the near future.

“This partnership with Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers is key to our long-term strategy for youth development,” Sherman added. 

“Following the announcement of our relationships with Olympic FC and Gold Coast City FC we’ve now established firm partnerships in key geographic locations.

“As the only Hyundai A-League club in Queensland we’ve a responsibility to help grow the game in our State and club partnerships and support are a main priority for us to achieve this.

“We’re hopeful of developing more club partnerships in the near future.”

Buderim/Sunshine Coast Wanderers President Ian Marks says the opportunity to partner with Queensland’s sole Hyundai A-League side is an exciting opportunity for the club and junior footballers on the Sunshine Coast.

“Buderim Wanderers & Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Clubs are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Brisbane Roar for the Sunshine Coast region,” President Ian Marks said.

“The club takes pride in having developed quality young players who have progressed to higher levels of football for many years.

“This affiliation will further enhance this progression by providing an elite pathway to an A-League Club for our players and opportunities for coaches to receive professional development.

“We are proud to be the Brisbane Roar’s partner for the Sunshine Coast and look forward to a long and productive footballing relationship for years to come”.