Northern Fury’s outstanding youth development continues to be rewarded with the selection of two players in a national goalkeeping camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra later this month.
Under-13 player James Newell and Under-14 player Jared Mitchell were part of their respective age groups' Queensland Country side at the National Youth Championships during the school holidays.
Both players were selected by national goalkeeping staff to take part in the elite AIS training camp. They are two of only 12 players nationally, selected from the 54 goalkeepers at the National Youth Championships.
“I’m very happy for the two boys,” said Northern Fury’s goalkeeping coach Ken Mitchell.
“They’ve both worked hard throughout the year to be consistent and to build their technical and tactical ability.”
Mitchell said the purpose of the AIS camp is for national goalkeeping staff to observe the twelve selected players in a training situation.
“Obviously, the national goalkeeping staff have seen them in game situations at the recent championships. In terms of identifying possible young players for potential future national team selection, the coaching staff also like to see how they go in an intensive training programme.”
Mitchell said the camp may possibly lead to further development opportunities through the state-based national training centre programme or the AIS itself.
Northern Fury’s director of coaching, Ian Ferguson, said the fact that Northern Fury and Townsville has provided two of the twelve goalkeepers for the elite level training camp is a credit to Ken Mitchell and the players.
“It’s simply remarkable that one Townsville-based club can provide two players for this camp. I am so pleased for the two players and for Ken and his commitment to all of our goalkeepers at Fury.
“It’s a big deal to be selected for a national training camp, and it gives both James and Jared an opportunity to be further noticed on a national level.”