Talent Support Program (TSP) and Skills Acquisition Program (SAP)
As flagged late last year 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, new junior Talent Support Programs (TSP) and Skills Acquisition Programs (SAP) are also about to be be launched (register for the junior trials at the link above).
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 but one central location, more than likely Mackay or Airlie Beach, is likely for 2019. Winners of the senior 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!
Trial dates for the TSP/SAP are as follows. Note that there’s two weekends and one week day trial in each area main centre, Gladstone and Rockhampton (Gracemere):
|TSP/SAP Trial Dates|
|9/16 Feb||SAP: U9-U12||8.30am||9-10am||Palm Drive, Gladstone|
|9/16 Feb||TSP: Boys U13 &U14||10am||10.30-11.45am||Palm Drive, Gladstone|
|9/16 Feb||TSP Girls: U13/14 &U15/16, plus Boys U15/16||12.30pm||1-2.15pm||Palm Drive, Gladstone|
|11 Feb||SAP ages: ALL||4pm||4.15-5.15pm||Palm Drive, Gladstone|
|11 Feb||TSP: ALL||4.30pm||5-6.15pm||Palm Drive, Gladstone|
|10/17 Feb||SAP: U9-U12||8.30am||9-10am||Gracemere Sporting Fields|
|10/17 Feb||TSP: Boys U13 &U14||10am||10.30-11.45am||Gracemere Sporting Fields|
|10/17 Feb||TSP Girls: U13/14 &U15/16, plus Boys U15/16||12.30pm||1-2.15pm||Gracemere Sporting Fields|
|12 Feb||SAP ages: ALL||4pm||4.15-5.15pm||Gracemere Sporting Fields|
|12 Feb||TSP: ALL||4.30pm||5-6.15pm||Gracemere Sporting Fields|
Please click here to locate the latest information about both junior development programs, including costs and aims.
Here are the final confirmed dates for the junior matches and proposed senior representative series. Only locations for the juniors have been 100% set to date. Much more to come.
|TSP Junior Quad Series||SAP Events
|30/31 March||Townsville||30/31 March||Townsville (all ages)|
|4-6 May||SEQ/Country Challenge, Brisbane||4-5 May||Brisbane (U10 boys)|
|30 June-6 July||FQ Community Cup, Cairns||15/16 June||Brisbane (U11 boys)|
|17/18 August||Mackay||July 27/28||Brisbane (U12 gilrs & boys)|
|17/18 August||Mackay (all ages)|
|24/25 August||Brisbane (U10 girls/U9 boys|
|Senior Regional Challenge Series: Proposed – Mackay/Airlie Beach|
Intercity Shield and FQ Community Cup
The Intercity Shield will continue in 2019 as it offers players not participating in the the main SAP or TSP schedules an opportunity for a taste of representative football. Once again we will be hoping to include teams from across CQ from ages 11 to 16. Details for trials and matches will be forthcoming soon. The proposal is to hold two rounds of the Intercity Shield, one on the Capricorn Coast and another at Biloela. Once details are sorted more will be promoted. The Intercity Shield will not serve as selection trails for either the SAP/TSP or the Community Cup as it did in 2018. Players registered in the TSP or SAP will not be eligible to participate in the Intercity Shield.
In early November 2017 Football Queensland formally announced the establishment of the FQ Community Cup, an annual state wide competition that launched in 2018 in Mackay during the June/July school holidays. CQ was well represented across 6 age groups. In a change from Football Queensland for 2019, only players registered with the TSP or SAP will be eligible to participate in the Community Cup. This year’s Community Cup will be held in Cairns in the first week on the July school holidays.
There’s more to follow and updates will be provided as details are confirmed. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the TSP/SAP, contact email@example.com.