Football boss puts CQ on track

CENTRAL Queensland football manager Rod Cousins last week basked in the best week he has had since coming north but is quick to point out there is a lot to do in the future.

Cousins was handed the tough job of sorting out Central Queensland football after Football Queensland decided the region was taking a wrong direction and placed the zone in administration.

While he is happy with the progress made with the area's clubs there is still a festering issue over Football Rockhampton and Football Gladstone.

“They are still a legal entity,” he admitted, “it is in the hands of Football Queensland and (CEO) Geoff Foster in the end.”

The Rockhampton issue in regard to Norbridge Park is resolved, for the present, with juniors again playing on most of those grounds except for areas which suffered serious damage during the floods.

“There is not an outpouring of negative emotion, what happens in the future is driven by the clubs,” he said.

CQUniversity has provided assistance to local football and Cousins is grateful to them and wishes to maintain a strong relationship.

Taking over the position at the start of April, Cousins was thrust into the role of getting local competitions started and just a couple of weeks to do it.

There were problems but the program is underway.

“People are now talking to us about football issues,” he said.

“We are about as on track as we can be.”

Changes and upgrades will continue with Football CQ having its website upgraded in the near future to provide better service with results and points tables.

“It is an important communication tool and I want to get it done this year,” he said.

The most important step forward was holding a meeting with clubs and in particular the club presidents.

He said since holding such a meeting he has gained a better understanding of the direction they are wishing to take and in return they are adhering better to guidelines already set down by Football CQ.

A concept that seems to cause some confusion is the Premier and Premier Reserve divisions of Central Queensland football.

Cousins said the clubs should be looking at those two divisions as being the elite level of their club with other players taking part in the Community football.

“We have to have a strong competition at the top end,” he added. “We have to make players want to be a part of it.”

There are many levels of the game requiring change and Cousins would like to see only “licensed” coaches at various levels of the game.

“We can do grass roots level courses which are just for three hours and at no cost,” he said.

Also he intends, through Football CQ, to actively promote a membership drive to boost playing numbers in 2012. Coupled with that campaign he intends to also try and boost the number of volunteers at clubs to spread the work load for existing members.

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