While all the details are still in discussions and yet to be finalised, exciting new representative programs for seniors and juniors have been developed by Football Queensland for regions from Central Queensland north. In conjunction with this new Quad series, a junior Talent Support Program (TSP) will also be launched in 2019.
Central Queensland, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns will be the locations for the new Quad series that will feature juniors in the TSP aged 13 through to 16. A similar SAP (Skills Acquisition Program) aimed at juniors from U9 to U12 will also commence in 2019. The locations for the senior component, featuring both Open men’s and women’s teams in a Regional Challenge Series, are still in discussions. Winners of the Regional Challenge will host opposition from South East Queensland in matches that will be streamed live across various online platforms and hence attract plenty of attention!
There have been plenty of discussions on how the programs will look and work within both each other and the regular season with some weekend fixtures set aside to assure everyone participating in the TSP will be available for selection in the Quad series matches. There’s much more to be considered, especially around trial dates; these will be worked out under the direction of our new RDO (Regional Development Officer) who will commence in early January. It is expected that the trials for the TSP and SAP will be held in January and February.
Clubs have details of costs for the junior programs, including costs, and more marketing material will be coming from Football Queensland. So contact your local club if you wish to find out more until such time as we have clear details on trials and so on.
To assist with dissemination of details, please click here to locate information about the full FQ programs, including costs and aims. Note that the location of the Senior Regional Challenge is listed as taking place at the Community Cup in Cairns. That is not the case as the table below shows.
In order to speed up some of the processes clubs are currently being consulted on possible senior coaches; if anyone is interested in being involved in the senior coaching/management side of things – note there will need to be games between Gladstone and Rockhampton teams to select zone teams – then contact the General Manager directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or through your club.
In the meantime, here are the proposed dates for the junior and senior representative series. Only locations for the juniors have been set to date. Much more to come.
|Junior Quad Series|
|Senior Regional Challenge Series|