Recruiting drive is on for 2014 NPL season, writes Ray Wood
WE HAVE been pushing full steam ahead with pre-season plans for both seniors and juniors including our new mini academy this week.
My main focus of work this week is looking at recruiting for our girls' and women's teams for the NPL 2014 season.
I am looking for girls and women to join our teams who firstly love football and have a desire to play at a higher level - and who knows - possibly have a chance to play for the Matildas in the near future.
I have been involved in the women's game in the past when I coached both the Girl's COE and Women's teams at Leicester City FC back in the UK.
I completed this role as a volunteer to give some of my time back to football and I must admit it was one of the most enjoyable 12 months of coaching I have had in my career.
I learned so much from coaching girls and it really improved me as a coach.
The one thing I really enjoyed was how quickly the girls and women pick things up, with coaching drills and sessions progressing much more quickly.
We had a successful season when I coached at Leicester City with the women's team and we managed to get promotion in my one and only season with them; which was a big achievement.
I am hopeful that during 2014 we can firstly get some of the younger age groups developing and learning lots of new skills down at the training ground, and the main focus will be fun.
Also I am confident that with our women's team we will gradually over time get a very competitive squad together to give other NPL women's teams a real challenge.
We have trials starting up for the girls and women starting October 10 at Rugby Park.
We will be trialling for under-13, under-15, under-17 and senior women's teams.
The trials will run for six weeks with the full squads being announced at the end.
For more information about the trials please go to www.cqfc.com.au.
Finally I would like to call on all local coaches who would like to get involved with CQFC for the 2014 season to please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to coach either a boys/girls team at CQFC.
We currently have good levels of coaches for both boys and girls, but are always looking at recruiting new coaches who believe they have the desire and passion to get involved with CQFC for 2014.