Football Queensland (FQ) has been working collaboratively with Football Queensland Sunshine Coast Zone and Sunshine Coast Wanderers to ensure the future of football pathways and opportunities for women and girls in the region.
In order to strengthen these pathways for women and girls on the Sunshine Coast, FQ will establish a Talent Support Program (TSP) and Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) program.
Further collaboration between FQ, Football Queensland Sunshine Coast zone and the Sunshine Coast Wanderers will see the inception of a new Sunshine Coast United team that will commence with the participation of a new Under 13 National Premier Leagues Women’s (NPLW) team.
FQ has appointed Former Matilda Olivia Latimer and Zone Technical Development Manager, Scott Grimshaw to oversee the new TSP and SAP programs on the Sunshine Coast, in addition to a Sunshine Coast United Under 13 NPLW team.
Football Queensland Sunshine Coast Chairman Tony McCrae said the introduction of the new programs was a positive step in growing opportunities for women and girls on the Sunshine Coast.
“Football Queensland Sunshine Coast is proud to be working with Football Queensland and Sunshine Coast Wanderers to create more opportunities for our young female players on the Sunshine Coast,” McCrae said.
“We are also very excited to have Olivia Latimer on board to oversee the new TSP and SAP programs, and to help us build a sustainable pathway for women and girls in the region.”
FQ Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci said the governing body was committed to strengthening pathways for women and girls across the state.
“Women and girls play a massive role in the future of our game. Football Queensland today has delivered on that commitment across the Sunshine Coast and we are determined to grow the women’s game over the next three years through the development of infrastructure, pathways and opportunities to succeed,” Cavallucci said.
“We are confident with the introduction of a TSP and SAP program that it will benefit young players by strengthening the pathway for women and girls on the Sunshine Coast.
“We look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with Football Queensland Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Wanderers and all other clubs in the region to grow women’s football.”