Fourteen of the Far North Coast’s most talented young football stars have been selected to train in an exciting and challenging new high-performance program, the Newcastle Permanent Centre of Excellence at Lismore.

Carl Ashworth (Coorabell), Jye Beardow, Candace Riley-Cox (Lismore), Mathew Farrington (Modanville), Solomon Guyler (Brunswick Heads), Riley Hore (Goonellabah), Dane Ingham (Skennars Head), Amy Jones (Possum Creek), Thomas Miller (Richmond Hill), Tariq Ra (Myocum), Dane Smith (Ballina), Zoe Woodbury (East Ballina), Cooper Walls (Wollongbar) and Geena Skow (Cumbalum) have been selected for the intensive 20-week program implemented by Northern NSW Football and supported by the Newcastle Permanent.

Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett said: “We’re delighted to play a part in nurturing junior football development in the region.

“The Northern NSW Centres of Excellence are an exciting initiative created to develop further talent in young Far North Coast footballers.

“The participants are outstanding young athletes with a real passion and with a committed dedication to training and improving their game.

“Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting junior football throughout the Far North Coast.

“This sponsorship complements the other community activities and events we support in the Lismore and Ballina areas including Far North Coast Surf Life Saving, NORPA, Ballina Rivafest, Newspaper in Education (NiE), Newcastle Permanent Primary Schools Mathematics Competition, Ballina Players and the upcoming Cinema under the Stars.”

David Eland, CEO for Northern NSW Football, is grateful to the Newcastle Permanent for their commitment to this new program.

“With the help of the Newcastle Permanent, we will be able to develop the talents already evident in these young players and provide them with the technical ability to progress their football to the next level,” said David.

The Newcastle Permanent Centres of Excellence program will be located in four venues in Northern NSW – Lismore, Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. The program will include two weekly coaching sessions over 20 weeks.