A-League aspirants Brisbane City FC have bolstered their already impressive youth setup, entering into a promising youth partnership with Italian Serie B side Venezia.
Venezia, currently contending for a promotion playoff in eight place in Italy's second tier, finalised the agreement with the Queensland club earlier this month and this weekend have sent three of their coaching staff to engage in youth and coaching development camps.
The travelling party includes Paolo Poggi (Manager of Venezia’s International Projects), Mattia Callauto (Head of Venezia’s Youth Academy) and Andrea Sonchin (Venezia’s International YouthCoach).
Club President Robert Ansicar highlighted the benefits of partnering with a club with such a rich history in modern football.
“We are very fortunate to have the kind of calibre three senior Venezia coaches, all with Serie A and professional playing experience will bring to running the camps over the coming week whilst supported by Brisbane City coaches," Ansicar said.
“Brisbane City is thrilled about the opportunity such an international collaboration will bring to our young footballers and coaches, the pathway opportunities this will open up in the future and knowledge transfer between our clubs. We have so much to learn from each other.
“The Venezia F.C. story has so much in common with the Brisbane City F.C. story, we have both travelled similar journeys, we are both connected to our local communities and we celebrate the development of our young footballers.”
A-League bid chairman Robert Cavallucci was also quick to praise the deal and its potential to spur the club's push to join the nation's elite.
“Our two clubs will continue the development of formal partnerships that may even involve our teams touring Venezia’s facility in Italy next year and continuing the growth of our players along elite pathways," he said.
“This is a win win for Venezia and Brisbane and more importantly it’s a win for youth football.
Brisbane City is not just making announcements we are delivering for football.”
It wasn't just the Australian contingent who was pleased about the partnership, with Poggi noting the values shared between the two clubs played a year part in their vision of collaboration.
"On behalf of Venezia FC, we are very excited to be forming this relationship with Brisbane City FC. We look forward to meeting the management, coaches and players in Brisbane next week," Poggi said.
“This project is all about nurturing young footballers, not only in terms of their technical football development but also in terms of growth in personal qualities as young human beings. This represents the core vision of Venezia FC, a vision that we share with Brisbane City FC."