Jamie Gosling Football Academy is proud to run Far North Queensland’s first ever soccer scholarship program for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children.

​The 12-month scholarships (worth $800) begin at the start of Term 4 and see local Indigenous children aged between 6-14 years offered free elite coaching and mentoring at the region’s number one soccer academy.

​JGFA is now calling for nominations from local football clubs and the football community to identify talented players, with the successful applicants to train at JGFA’s Holloways Beach base.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for the first time ever in the Cairns region for junior Indigenous football players,” said Jamie.

“When I’m at Endeavour Park on a Saturday watching junior games, I always notice how many talented Indigenous players I see out there.

​”I’ve also run football programs for Indigenous children at Cairns West State School and have previously held clinics for children from Weipa, and I really enjoy enhancing their love for football.

“Often, these children are not offered the same development opportunities other children are through academy programs such as JGFA.

“I’m passionate about making sure kids get equal opportunities, especially those displaying a natural talent for the beautiful game.

“JGFA’s mission is to develop these young players with extra specialist coaching for the ultimate benefit of their local clubs and FNQ football in general.

“We want to develop them as individuals, and ultimately strengthen junior soccer in the region.

“Through this exciting scholarship program, we offer soccer-mad Indigenous children the chance to develop their game like never before.”

The 2022 Scholarships will be the third year for the program. Parents, guardians, coaches and community members are now encouraged to send in applications for interested children.


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