As part of Football Queensland’s regional talent pathway, Townsville will play host to the Regional Talent Support Program (TSP) Boys Carnival this weekend on Saturday, 14 August and Sunday, 15 August.
Young players from North Queensland, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, and Mackay will come together to showcase their skills against some of the most talented regional players in the state.
FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer said the two-day event will be a fantastic development and talent identification opportunity for the 13 to 16-year-old boys.
“We are tremendously excited about this opportunity for junior players in regional Queensland and look forward to seeing the talent and potential on show in Townsville this weekend,” Gabor Ganczer said.
“The majority of games will be recorded, allowing our talent scouts to identify players both live and after the tournament.
“Unfortunately our Far North teams are unable to attend the TSP Carnival this weekend due to the current COVID-19 restrictions impacting Cairns, so Football Queensland is working on creating further development opportunities for these players.”
FQ Senior Manager Technical – Northern Club Development, Talent and Coaching Michael Edwards said he was thrilled to see young regional players progressing in their development as part of FQ’s regional talent pathway.
“The Regional TSP Boys tournament will offer FQ Technical Staff the opportunity to assess players for the State Country Select teams,” he said.
“These squads are a valuable component of Football Australia’s youth development system and selection will be an important achievement for the identified players.
“After the challenges we have faced this year, football continues to be a bright and positive experience for players and match officials across the state.
“I’d like to wish all players the best of luck for this weekend’s tournament.”
A number of COVID Safe measures will be in place at the event, including a requirement to sign in and maintain social distancing while on site.
Attendees are reminded to follow the Queensland Government restrictions currently in place.
Words: Charlotte Monteath