New CQFC coach Ray Wood. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
New CQFC coach Ray Wood. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Local youth players up for shot at NPL squad

WE have had another productive seven days in Rockhampton down at the training ground and we are really starting to take shape right across the squad.

We had three very positive results last week with both Premiers/Premier Reserves scoring wins in Rockhampton and also the NPL team narrowly went down by one goal in a great game for all involved in Brisbane.

Since we introduced the Under-16s to the senior set-up for training we are starting to see how some of our young local talent are fairing against the current senior squad and I must say I am very impressed with all of the boys.

They are holding themselves very well around the training ground and all act very professional before, during and after each session.

We have many young talents within the 16s squad who will be very close to the starting team of the NPL for 2014.

Fitness levels are improving week by week since the introduction of the extra training sessions and I am really looking forward to our three final games of the season as our boys get closer to full match fitness.

Plans are moving very quickly for our new academy that will be starting up in September 2013.

This will be for boys and girls aged five to 16-years-old and one of the key areas regarding the academy is working with the community clubs and further complementing their current programs.

With this foundation ready to be laid in Rockhampton it is paramount we work with local community clubs and all pull together to start producing the future stars of the Matildas and Socceroos.

I have spent the past five to six weeks meeting various people at local clubs and some of the work going on at ground level is fantastic and I truly believe that with CQFC planning to work very closely with all clubs for the 2014 season we will start to reap the rewards.

My goal and aim over the next five to 10 years is to see two or three boys or girls from Rockhampton play for the national team.

Everyone involved in football understands it is about two key areas.

One area is all children must have fun whilst playing football, and the second is it always must be about the development of each individual child and their journey along football in life.

I have seen some very disturbing things over the years as I have travelled around the world coaching, with clubs/coaches are more interested in winning trophies than actually developing players.

I always like to ask people at local clubs are they more interested in having a trophy in the cabinet or have a picture of a junior who once played for there club representing state or national team?

The pleasing thing for me to see since I have arrived in Central Queensland is everyone seems more focused on the player-centred approach rather than winning trophies.

With this mentality locally we will be able to produce talented players much more quickly and easier.

I am calling on all members of the community and CQFC family to come down to our game this weekend against Western Pride and sing our boys over the line.

CQFC Energy kick off at 7pm on Saturday, at Rugby Park.

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