Arsenal kicks off at Frenchville

ARSENAL, one of the world's leading soccer clubs, has stomped its way into Rockhampton to kick-start the soccer “evolution.”

The club will establish the Arsenal Soccer School's development program at Frenchville Sports Club.

The program, an annual event, is committed to developing players of all abilities from ages U6 to U15.

Frenchville Soccer president Paul Holbeck said the club was quick to signal its interest in hosting the program for the region.

“Frenchville has always had a strong emphasis on developing junior footballers since the club began and has produced many well-known local players,” he said.

Holbeck said the program would be an excellent fit for the club's philosophy and future direction.

“This initiative is designed to benefit not only our own club, but up-and-coming footballers from clubs throughout the entire Rockhampton and Central Queensland region,” he said.

Director of Arsenal Soccer Schools Queensland, Aston Bell, said he wanted young boys and girls to be “inspired” and be part of the evolution, which would see soccer being the number one sport in Australia.

He said their program was recognised as one of the best soccer school programs in the world.

“Arsenal utilises only experienced coaches who have been trained in its own methods and ensures that all courses are run to the highest standard,” he said.

He said it was also renowned for putting resources back into the local communities through the way the courses are run.

Arsenal also has had one of the strongest women's programs in Europe, and Bell says he wants to see girls attending the program as well.

Directors of Football Pathway Australia, the Arsenal partner organisation, will oversee all Arsenal programs in Queensland.

They will also be organising clubs and teams who wish to go to London to play in the Annual Arsenal Festival of Football each year in July.

Rockhampton was chosen as a venue earlier this year.

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