What is the Fury Academy?
The Fury Academy is another step in the club's development as a football force in North Queensland.
It is a development program under the leadership of Director of Coaching, Ian Ferguson, for 9-11 year-olds to take part in a weekly customised training program with Ian, Technical Director Bill Mitchell and other qualified Fury coaches.
The program will be in line with the FFA National Curriculum and will provide players with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge of the game in a specialised environment.
Who's it for?
The Fury Academy is for 9-11 year olds. That means, in 2015, children must be born in either 2004, 2005 or 2006 to be eligible to participate.
How do children join the Fury Academy?
Trials will be conducted at least once a year, in the beginning of the year. .
What happens if my child is selected?
If selected, your child will be invited to join the Fury Academy and be expected to take part in a weekly, customised training and development program of 60 minutes.
When will the Academy take place?
The Fury Academy in Townsville will take place on Tuesdays:
* Term 2: 21 April - 9 June * Term 3: 14 July - 1 September
For Under 9s, the start time is 4.30 for 4.45pm start; and for Under 10s and Under 11s, it is 5.30 for a 5.45pm start.
Does this mean they'll be selected to join the Fury elite development squads?
There is no guarantee of this but children who benefit from 1-3 years guidance from Ian Ferguson, Bill Mitchell and other FFA-qualified coaches will be able to play at an advanced level so their chances of selection for the elite development squads will be enhanced.
The point is, if a player is talented and wants to try to reach their potential, the highest-level accredited and recognised development pathway in the region is through Northern Fury.
Is there a cost?
Yes. The cost for the year-long program is $350 (or $275 for children returning from 2014) including the attention of Ian Ferguson, Bill Mitchell and other FFA-qualified coaches. Each player receives a Fury shirt, shorts and socks.
The fee is due by Friday 20th March 2015. If it is not paid by then, your child's place may be offered to someone on the waiting list.
Does my child have to stop playing for their current team?
No! Quite the opposite! We want the children to continue to play with their current team as the idea is to get as much practice and exposure to being comfortable on the ball as possible.
Our long-term aim is to produce future Socceroos or Matildas. In the short-term, we want to help kids improve their skills and enjoy playing football.