Toowoomba Grammar School Pair Sign Off in Germany24th July 2017
Toowoomba Grammar School 2016 graduates, Noah Jachmann and Jackson Courtney-Perkins have signed professional contracts to play with German football club SV Elversberg. The club is regarded as a centre of Youth Football excellence by the German Football Association and was the champion team of the German Regional League (South West) last year.
Both boys made their initial contact with the club as the result of good performances at the Inverell Mini World Cup tournament which the School contests annually. Tournament Director, Mr Heinrich Haussler provides a $6500 German travel voucher to the athlete judged Player of the Tournament and Noah won this award in 2015. Jackson was Player of the Tournament in 2016.
Before trialling with the club, both boys attended a six-month residency at Frankfurt Oder, a school that TGS is closely linked with and which is one of 24 sports schools in Germany, structured in a similar way to the AIS in Canberra. The club contracts were offered after a week-long trial in early July and since then both boys have both played several U21 matches with the club. The U21 side are a feeder team for the SV Elversberg senior side which is aspiring to promotion into the top flight German Bundesliga competition.
Jackson and Noah have had a wonderful 18 months, sharing success with the 2016 TGS First XI GPS premiership and also enjoying a State League premiership with many TGS team mates in the SWQ Thunder U18 side.
TGS First XI Assistant Coach, Mr Chris McLeod said, “The Mini World Cup concept is a wonderful alternative pathway for regional footballers. Our strong alliance with Heinrich Haussler through the Inverell tournament and Joey’s is proving that doors can open to football dreams if players are prepared to chase them.”