We're Mackay & Whitsundays Magpies Crusaders United,

but you can call us Magpies Crusaders.

Magpies Crusaders represent the Mackay & Whitsundays region in the Queensland National Premier League (NPL).  We hold a NPL Queensland license for Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) (U9 – U12), Youth (U13-16), Seniors (U18, U20) and an NPL team.

Upcoming Coaching Courses

Magpies Crusaders, together with Mackay Regional Football Zone and Football Queensland have put together a number of community courses for early 2019.  These Courses are for the whole of the Mackay Football Community, please get on board to support them.

Game Training Certificate $90

For coaches training 13-17 year old players.

In the Game Training Phase the coach’s aim will be the development of tactical awareness, perception and decision making through a game related approach to training.

The course is conducted over 14 hours, is fully practical and provides the coach with training sessions designed to help the players apply the Functional Game Skills in a team setting using the FFA endorsed ‘1-4-3-3’ formation.

When: 9am – 4pm Saturday 23rd February & Sunday 24th February 2019

Where: Magpies Sporting Club, 1 Glenella Road, Glenella

Skill Training Certificate $90

For coaches training 9-13 year old players

In the Skill Acquisition Phase the coach MUST focus on building a solid foundation of technical skill.

The course is conducted over 14 hours, is fully practical and deals with the development of the 4 Functional Game Skills:

First Touch, Striking the Ball, Running with the Ball, 1 v 1

When: 9am – 4pm Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2019

Where: Magpies Sporting Club, 1 Glenella Road, Glenella

Mini Roos Certificate - Free

For coaches training 5-9 year old players

The 2 hour course is fully practical and encourages the coach to develop practices that are based on FUN. The emphasis is on natural development i.e. learning by PLAYING football. No coaching but organising FUN football exercises is the key to helping players build a love for the game. Another highlight of the course is that the coaches are exposed to basic rules of the game as well as tips and hints on building a football culture in a completely practical setting.

When: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Tuesday 5th March 2019

Where: Mackay Regional Footbal Zone, Corner of Heaths Road & Glenella Road

Mini Roos Certificate - Free

For coaches training 5-9 year old players

The 2 hour course is fully practical and encourages the coach to develop practices that are based on FUN. The emphasis is on natural development i.e. learning by PLAYING football. No coaching but organising FUN football exercises is the key to helping players build a love for the game. Another highlight of the course is that the coaches are exposed to basic rules of the game as well as tips and hints on building a football culture in a completely practical setting.

When: 3pm – 5pm Sunday 10th March 2019

Where: Mackay Regional Footbal Zone, Corner of Heaths Road & Glenella Road

About Us

Our Mission is to provide a pathway to representative and professional Football for the Mackay and Whitsunday community, through the successful integration of a senior NPL program. Our success will ultimately be measured by having members of our club play in the national competition.

Our Vision is to create an affordable representative football solution designed around inclusiveness, to ensure no local talent is restricted by financial status.  This will be achieved via the successful Magpies Crusaders United NPL model. We also desire to foster development for the future of our sport.

Our Values

  • We are a positive organisation and conduct ourselves accordingly.
  • We are united in common goals, represented by our mission and vision.
  • We promote good sportsmanship, and we coach our culture, so we can expect it.
  • We respect and welcome Mackay football entities contributions.
  • We will represent Magpies Crusaders United and the wider football community in a professional and responsible manner.
  • We do not discriminate, and welcome all football communities, regardless of club origin.
  • We recognise that our members are our strength.
  • We aim to promote participation, family and fun within our community.

Club Philosophy

Magpies Crusaders United is a club built with the foundations set of effective possession.

Our teams will play out from the back, create overloads and exploit the space created from them. We will use possession and combination play to get organised and to move the opposition team to generate space. We strive to be positive on and off the ball to break defensive lines. Our Players and teams will all have the understanding of when to press as well as having the capacity to initiate various methods of pressing styles. We will coach young players to use individual skill to create scoring chances.

This will provide players with a holistic knowledge of the game and as such we aim to produce players for selection for national teams as well as for A League recruitment.

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