Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pride Boosting Youth Quality

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Pride Boosting Youth Quality

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt, com.au david.lems@qt.com.au

Pride focus on working for the kids AFTER "a period of observation", Western Pride's valuable recruit Mike Mulvey is ready to kick on.

"We've got to improve. There's no question about that," the former A-League coach said, eager to help bolster Pride's professional standards.

Western Pride FC was formed in 2012, officially launching junior and senior teams in 2013 to serve the Ipswich and surrounding regions.

"The club needs an identity," Mulvey said.

"In such a short period of time, the club has achieved an awful lot. It really has.

"It has great support from Council. It has great support from local sponsors. "What we need to do now is to really cement our youth development policy . . . to ensure all the kids are given fantastic opportunities, a springboard to wherever it is they might end up." While his new technical director role is different to previous head coaching tasks, Mulvey is clear about his footballing goals in Ipswich.

"People need to realise that the reason that we're in positions is to give the kids every opportunity to have fun but also maximise their potential," he said.

"If you do both things together, then you are going to have a successful club." Since joining Pride in October after an A-League stint with the Central Coast Mariners, Mulvey has been observing everything - "Listening to people, talking with people and watching people coach".

"That was the right thing to do," Mulvey said, of taking some time to assess the club's current position.

The former premiership-winning Brisbane Roar mentor said that was important before he steps up his development work overseeing all the Pride's junior National Premier League boys and girls teams.

"I've been out of Queensland for a while and the leagues have changed a little bit," he said. "The NPL has come into its own." Mulvey, 56, has also been appointed head coach of the Pride under-18 boys side in a massive coup for the club based at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex. …

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