A junior player at Wolves Field - an example of the talent developed through a Gladstone Wolves academy, of which the CQFC hopes to mirror.
A junior player at Wolves Field - an example of the talent developed through a Gladstone Wolves academy, of which the CQFC hopes to mirror. Tom Huntley

CQFC spreads its vision with help from Gladstone's Wolves

FOOTBALL: Central Queensland Football Club are spreading their vision throughout the region, with the assistance of Gladstone club Wolves. 

Wolves was the first of the Gladstone clubs to join the plight of CQFC and the club's technical director and head coach Joe Fenech to unite Rockhampton and Gladstone in all things football, and to provide equal opportunity for players in both places.

"Since I arrived in Rockhampton in November 2011, it has been a personal crusade of mine to unite the two cities. We've always known Gladstone has a dearth of talent in all age groups, but unfortunately a lot of the best players are missed due to having to travel to Rocky for (representative) training, and for seniors, shiftwork gets in the way and can prevent players achieving their objectives," Fenech said.

With the focus initially on junior and youth development throughout the region, an academy for 9 and 10-year-olds has been set up in Rockhampton.

It will begin once the upgrade at Rugby Park was completed.

Now with Wolves onboard officially, CQFC will try to mirror an academy set-up in Gladstone, at Wolves.

"We will be running the same training program for these kids - it is an important age group as it is the last year prior to the under-12 team which is our first representative age group," Fenech said.

Goal keeping coach Marcus Ellison will work with up and coming goal keepers from Gladstone and surrounding areas, while Fenech will be attending coaching sessions on a weekly basis.

"It's important to work directly with local coaches...I'm also taking advantage of working on the ground and training kids which is my passion," Fenech said.

It was hoped a venue and training assistance for Gladstone-based senior players would eventually become available but for now the focus remained on juniors, the future of CQFC.

At a press conference staged yesterday (Wednesday) in Rockhampton, Wolves president Brian Niven, club secretary Bill Webb, CQFC board member Jordan Ahlstrand along with Fenech and CQFC CEO Tony Zanda were present to announce the formal agreement, which was a hugely positive step forward for football in the region.

While Rockhampton clubs were all onboard with the iniative and Wolves kick starting the process for Gladstone clubs, Fenech said it would not be long before all clubs were championing what was best for the game in CQ.