Football Queensland have confirmed various changes to their Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) program, with the promise of improving the technical skills of young players in the state.
Every club across Queensland will be gifted access to the SAP curriculum as early as October, with training materials and video guides passed on to coaches to utilize.
“The Skill Acquisition Phase is essential for developing game-related skills, and Football Queensland is committed to providing all participants in the nine to 12 age groups with access to the best possible development opportunities,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci explained.
The updated SAP structure was developed by the governing body’s new Club Development Unit.
The structure includes a Community SAP accreditation for those clubs who want to undertake a personal self-assessment, with a Bronze, Silver and Gold FQ accreditation process also developed for advanced clubs.
“Free Community SAP collateral will help create positive learning environments to ensure clubs across the state have the access and opportunity to deliver quality Skill Acquisition Phase training sessions which nurture key technical skills in their players,” Cavallucci said.
“Clubs interested in delivering the community-based SAP will be able to undertake a self-assessment to receive a Community SAP accreditation from FQ that will indicate their level of service delivery, to ensure transparency for participants across the state.
“Community SAP clubs will provide a training curriculum and their teams will compete in their zone’s local competition at a level suitable for their players.
“Other qualifying clubs that aim to meet higher standards of criteria may be able to request assessment against advanced SAP criteria set by FQ’s Club Development Unit, and receive either a Gold, Silver or Bronze rated SAP accreditation for girls and boys.
“Clubs awarded a Silver or Gold rating by Football Queensland may be invited to participate in new FQ SAP league competitions against other equally-rated clubs.
“FQ’s Club Development Unit will provide support to our clubs as they go through the newly developed assessment process, and will ensure standards are being met through regular and ongoing engagement,” Cavallucci concluded.
More information on the Community SAP collateral will be released in the near future.