Early in 2017 Nerang Soccer Club secured an elusive official partnership with a leading international football club and franchise – the mighty Celtic Football Club of Scotland.
Celtic – the current Scottish Premier Football League champions – recognised Nerang’s lengthy club history and proven youth-development ethos when inviting Nerang into their club’s portfolio of partner clubs, making Nerang the first and only Queensland football club to partner with Celtic FC.
Celtic FC’s International Soccer Academy Manager, Tony Massie, said at the time, “we’re delighted to add Nerang Soccer Club to our International Partnership Programme and it again emphasises our commitment to building relationships across the globe.”
The Celtic International Academy is an exciting addition to the Nerang Eagles development programs and opens up significant opportunities for the club to advance its entire football horizon, both on and off the field.
The partnership, which was fostered after years of hard work by Nerang Soccer Club and Academy of Football Australia representatives, allows Nerang to take advantage of many partner-club benefits, one of which is for Nerang to host an elite Celtic FC Academy coaching clinic and training camp.
The clinic and camps see world-class Celtic FC Academy coaches head to Nerang to mentor and train our boys and girls – offing them the opportunity to learn to play the Celtic way.
In April 2017, Nerang hosted their first Celtic International Academy coaching clinic which saw two top Celtic coaches fly out especially to spend a week coaching and mentoring a very lucky group of almost 70 players – both from Nerang and other clubs around the Gold Coast and Brisbane region.
The players were treated to a rigorous 6-hour-per-day regime of expert skills training, individual instruction as well and team-building skills, rapid small-sided matches, tactical training and much, much more.
The significant positive impact this highly successful clinic delivered to these junior players was incredible and very noticeable by the end of the week – a credit to the cast experience and enthusiasm the visiting Scottish coaches impressed upon everyone they worked with.
Graham Diamond and Paul-John Corr (the Celtic coaches) often remarked about the similar values and work ethic the two clubs posses, and how they see Nerang as a perfect fit to the Celtic family.