Cairns junior soccer academy celebrates Women's World Cup
Jamie Gosling Football Academy (JGFA) is celebrating the start of the Women’s World Cup this week by holding its own junior World Cup tournament, taking place this Sunday (9 June).
The JGFA World Cup 2019 will see more than 150 players and 20 teams compete in the 5-a-side competition for Under 8s, Under 10s, and Under 12s.
Jamie Gosling said the tournament, which will be held at Stratford Dolphins Football Club, provided an exciting opportunity for local junior soccer players to represent countries of their choice.
“It’s going to be a fantastic day, with junior soccer players kitted out as Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England, and of course, Australia, as well as many other countries,” said Jamie.
“The Women’s World Cup is an amazing event, and it’s certainly an exciting year for football with the Matildas playing in the tournament.
“We wanted to celebrate this in the best way possible, by allowing junior players in the region to represent countries in a replica competition, feeling like the stars they watch on TV.
“We’re passionate about getting more Far North Queensland children to play soccer and fall in love with the beautiful game.
“We’re really looking forward to the day, and can’t wait to see the kids run on to the pitch and do their best for their chosen countries!”
This is the second year of the JGFA World Cup, with a similar junior tournament held last year to celebrate the men’s World Cup in Russia.
The official 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which begins in France tomorrow (7 June), is set to generate a new group of budding soccer players in Far North Queensland.
Jamie said one of JGFA’s aims is to provide an opportunity for players of all abilities to enjoy soccer, and have fun in a structured environment.
“We want to reach even more children who might not have previously had the opportunity to play football, and help them enjoy the proven benefits it brings in regards to physical and emotional wellbeing,” added Jamie.
JGFA has several innovative and ground-breaking player development and coaching methods, including:
Constant and continual individual player interviews and reports
Grading by ability not age
Squad number and profile
Games versus other academies
The Academy is also affiliated with English Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.
JGFA encourages children to continue to train and play for their respective junior soccer clubs, while continuing their skills development under the JGFA program.
Aside from its Academy program, JGFA also runs holiday clinics, school programs, private sessions and birthday parties across the Cairns region, as well as its popular Little Goslings Football Academy for 3-5 year olds.