ROOM WITH A VIEW: Frenchville Sports Club dining facilities overlook Ryan Park for all the sporting action.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Frenchville Sports Club dining facilities overlook Ryan Park for all the sporting action. PHIL HARGREAVES

More than just a place to play sport

ONE of Rockhampton's sporting miracle stories lies within the walls of the Frenchville Sports Club.

The club had a humble but very hopeful beginning in 1948, established as the Frenchville Soccer Club.

Its rise from a team of inexperienced players in that year powered through to winning the prestigious Wesley Hall Cup in 1950, marking the club solidly on the sporting map.

What makes this story so miraculous was that the win came from converting players from a cricket team to a soccer team virtually overnight.

Amidst their sporting success, the club confirmed green and white as its colours in 1959 and in 1966, changed its name to the Frenchville Sports Club.

Today, the club has more than 10 sports to choose from including Social Golf, Fishing, Indoor Bowls, Softball, Junior Football, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Rugby Union, Netball and Senior Football.

Marketing and promotions manager Diane Anderson said the club had more than 2000 participants, and also offered state-of-the-art modern facilities to all members.

"Our sporting groups require that their participants are members of the Frenchville Sports Club and membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 years - children under the age of 18, must have parental consent from a parent who is a member of the club," she said.

"Since our recent multi-million dollar renovation last year, the Club now has a brand new La Vista Café, extension and Al Fresco dining area with spectacular views of Ryan Park and the Berserker Ranges, complete remodelling of the bar facilities and installation of new feature walls throughout.

"We are most excited to see our loyal members enjoy the new look and feel of the Frenchville Club - we offer more than just a place to play sport.

She said the club provides excellent training facilities for the various sports.

"Ryan Park is attached to the Frenchville Sports Club and boasts the premier soccer facility in Central Queensland with an international sized pitch, 700 seat grandstand, media facilities, four dressing rooms, a referee's room and catering facilities,” she said.

"McLeod Park, on the corner of Dean and Rodboro Streets in North Rockhampton has one rugby field, two soccer fields and three softball diamonds, while Birdwood Park at Kalka Shades at the corner of Rustic and Mason Streets has grass trained hockey fields."

The Frenchville Sports Club also has five cricket practice nets as well as netball training facilities.

For more information visit www.frenchvillesportsclub.com.au.



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