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

Preparations begin for CQ for next season, writes coach

IT'S been an amazing first 10 weeks into the job and it was a real good finish from the squad in their last three games which gave me and the family of CQFC an idea of what they can expect this time next season.

We played Palm Beach Sharks last weekend and lost 5-0. It was a bit of a disappointing result after the two previous weeks, but again gave me a few ideas where we still need to improve on if we are to contend for the National Premier League next season.

We had a really great week at the training ground last week but were hindered with missing players from our two previous results.

We had Ben Millar missing due to a work commitment and also Kevin Fraser missing due to a return trip back to Scotland which was planned prior to him signing for CQFC.

Would we have won if we had Ben and Kevin were available? Who knows but I am sure next season we will be better prepared and have more depth in the squad so in the event any players are missing we will have cover for all areas of the park.

Plans have been laid for the future this week on and off the park and once we get over this big week we will be full steam ahead preparing for the 2014 season, of which I am very excited.

I am more excited about the coming together of our Mini/Junior Academy's which will start trialling and training in October 2013.

I'm looking for all boys and girls aged 5-16 who enjoy playing football and have a real drive with there parents support to become the next Socceroos or Matildas to please make a big effort to join us for trials in October. For more information regarding trials please go to cqfc.com.au.

We have a real opportunity in Central Queensland of having players represent CQ on the national stage by having this once in a lifetime NPL licence right here.

One thing that has really surprised me since I have arrived in CQ is that the majority of the community don't actually understand what CQFC actually holds.

After speaking to many people they assume we are the Cougars and we just play in a state football competition.

This could not be further away from the truth; we are CQFC and play in the NPL. This means we compete in a national competition and when we go on to win the NPL in the future we will play off against all the best teams around Australia.

Starting in 2018 there will be promotion and relegation from the A-League into the NPL. What does this mean? Well quite simply the best team in the NPL in 2018 will become an A-League team via promotion and the team that finishes bottom of the A-League will get relegated to the NPL divisions.

So imagine we could have CQFC playing in the A-League during 2018 season and we could have the likes of Del Piero, Emile Heskey, Harry Kewell coming to CQ to play us at home - imagine!

I am very excited for the coming seasons because the one area of strength CQ has over many other areas in Australia is the very tight knit community support and I am confident with this unrivalled support as we move forward CQ will become one of the hotbeds of footballing talent as we start to produce the next Matildas and Socceroos right here in CQ.

As we strive to move forward as a club, one area that is very close to my heart is offering all children of CQ an opportunity to play football for free or at a very limited cost.

Now this is very hard to do without some sort of financial support or help from the CQ community.

We are calling all local/national business people who might be able to assist in this area or look to become a sponsor no matter how big or small to offer your support.

This will become a huge area of advertising for businesses around Australia as the NPL keeps getting stronger and stronger.

If you think you might be able to assist or become a sponsor of CQFC to assist in funding our junior programs please contact Steve Grant (CEO) for a sponsorship package application form on ceo@cqfc.com.au.

Finally I would like to say thank you to all the players, staff and family of CQFC who have made the transition very smooth for me and my family and look forward to bringing more success during 2014.



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