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Women allowed to play club, elite

FOOTBALL Queensland was forced to backflip on the decision to force female players to choose between club and elite level competition this week.

Young players are now able to represent the Central Queensland zone as part of the Centre of Excellence (COE) program as well as their local clubs.

In the past this was always the case, but this year Football Queensland attempted to mirror the males of one competition or the other.

The announcement came after numerous requests made to Football Queensland chief executive Geoff Foster during his recent visit to Gladstone.

Participating in COE activities put females up for the chance of state selection and CQ Football Centre of Excellence marketing manager Ann Skelhorn said the Gladstone talent warranted exposure to scouts.

“There are those girls who did need to be seen by state selectors and there are quite a few in this area,” Skelhorn said.

“The original program was the elite path – Centre of Excellence or club – not both.

“Girls only make up a certain percentage and if they are not going to do both, they really love club.

“When they couldn’t play club the Centre of Excellence numbers dropped off,” Skelhorn said.

CQ Football asked that any girls keen to try out for the CQ zone for under-12, 14 or 16 attend training at Southside United FC, on Sunday, March 21, at 9.30am.

Training is usually held at Yaralla Sport Club on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Any girls unable to attend training, but wanting to participate in the program, can contact CQ Football regional director Washington Gonzales on 4926 0755.



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