Geoff Foster, head of Queensland Football.
Geoff Foster, head of Queensland Football. Sharyn O’Neill

Changes come to region

FOLLOWING a shambolic season of administration, Football Gladstone has been dissolved as part of a massive restructure for the sport in the Central Queensland region.

Football Queensland’s (FQ) chief executive Geoff Foster spent the weekend in Rockhampton to set the wheels in motion for a new, more co-ordinated approach to CQ football.

The most significant change is the removal of the double layer of administration.

“We are changing the structure; the governance of the game,” he said.

Football Rockhampton and Football Gladstone are now extinct with the sport run by the CQ Zone.

Elections will be held early next year for a new board and in the interim the zone will be managed by a board selected by FQ.

FQ has not been happy that the Cougars has operated in isolation while the Wildcats team was not being used as a stepping stone to the QSL as was originally intended.

The fragmentation within football has seen the conveyor belt from Junior Premier League to Hyundai QSL stutter and fail.

The reason for the failures are many and varied, this is recognised by Football Queensland who took over the CQ Zone following the resignation of its president Gwen Fox.

Foster listened to the concerns of stakeholders both in Rockhampton and Gladstone before producing an overall plan for the area which has been approved by the board of FQ.

“We will re-brand football; the game will be re-positioned in the market.”

Within the framework of the new zone, Foster expects there to be a committee from the representative side of the game and one for community football.

Football will continue to run from the existing offices but Foster said that was an area FQ would examine.

“I want a football home, a single point of contact,” he said.

Other changes include branding elite sides, such as centre for excellence and youth Wildcats sides, with the Cougars name and extending the QSL to 10 sides with additions from Brisbane and Gold Coast.



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