Football Queensland (FQ) is furthering its commitment to the professional administration of the game by centralising the management of Toowoomba’s community competitions.
Reforms to the governance of football in the South-West region sees an amalgamation of Football South-West Queensland – one of the state’s 10 Zones – and local Competition Administrators (CA) Football Toowoomba.
The move follows a strategic governance review of Football South-West Queensland conducted by independent consultants CPR Group, who presented their findings and recommendations to the FQ Board of Directors.
Fixture scheduling and administration support will now be provided by Competition Management Services (CMS), an entity created by Football Queensland which is already responsible for competition administration in the Gold Coast and North Queensland Zones.
An identified need for greater coaching support in the region will be addressed with a new FQ-funded position to work predominantly with clubs based outside Toowoomba.
Football Queensland CEO Geoff Foster thanked participants and clubs for contributions to the review.
“The Board has made supporting clubs in the South-West a priority of these reforms,” Foster said.
“The changes have been made after a period of extensive independent consultation and serve to streamline governance in line with the aims of the Whole of Football Plan.
“Competition Management Services provides a centralised, professional solution and will immediately begin work on the required administration support.”
South-West clubs beyond Toowoomba will also be offered the opportunity to centralise competition administration through CMS.
They will additionally have the chance to form part of a Council of Clubs which, alongside a yet-to-be-established Board, will guide the progress of football in South-West Queensland.