The first year of Byron Bay FC’s historic High Performance Program (HPP) has been a success with the club capturing an impressive amount of silverware in the first 12 months.
The elite program – the first if its kind outside the big cities – is modelled on the A-League Academy programs run by clubs such as Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC and saw the creation of four HPP teams at Byron Bay: 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s.
Three of the four teams won their Division 1 Pointscore Championship while all four teams have qualified for their respective Grand Finals this weekend.
It’s an impressive feat for the first ever season of the HPP and is only just the beginning according to Technical Director, Chris Layland.
“We’re delighted with the success of the High Performance Program in its first year and we look forward to growing it even further in the coming years,” said Layland.
“Byron Bay works closely with elite coaches around the country to ensure our program continues to grow and replicate the best programs in Australia.
“For example, just last week we had coaches from Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory put on sessions for our teams. This allows the players to experience some of the best training in the country and also allowed those coaches to take a look at our talented players.”
In addition, the results of the HPP combined with those of the senior men and women saw Byron Bay awarded the FFNC Club Championship at the Far North Coast Awards Night on Saturday.
The Rams are currently looking for expressions of interest from players and coaches who would like to join the program next season. All HPP coaches are paid. You can express your interest by clicking here.
Grand Final Details
12s: Byron Bay HPP v Bangalow (7:15pm Friday 6 September, Oakes Oval)
13s: Byron Bay HPP v Alstonville (11:15am Saturday 7 September, Oakes Oval)
14s: Byron Bay HPP v Lennox Head (3pm Sunday 8 September, Oakes Oval)
15s: Byron Bay HPP v Eureka (2pm Saturday 7 September, Oakes Oval)