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U20, U18 & Youth Competition Structures Confirmed

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Football Queensland has today released the competition structures for the remainder of the 2020 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Men’s, NPL Women’s and Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) U20, U18 and Youth seasons.

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2020 NPL Men's, MPL Women's & FQPL Senior Competition Structures

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Football Queensland  has today released the competition structures for the remainder of the 2020 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Men’s, NPL Women’s and Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) First Grade competitions.

Following the suspension of football activity in March due to COVID-19, FQ has been working in consultation with Queensland NPL Men’s, NPL Women’s and FQPL clubs to determine how best to facilitate the remainder of the 2020 season across all competitions.

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WPFC Recieve Tick of Approval

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Western Pride has today received the tick of approval to return back to Football from Ipswich City Council and Football Queensland!

Our club volunteers have been busily working to ensure that all members return to a COVID SAFE club.

More information will be sent out to all families on Western Pride's policy and procedure on how to return in a safe manner.


COVID-19 Update

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We sincerely hope this finds you and your family well. Hopefully you have all found ways to stay safe, well and connected.

No doubt you have all missed football as much as we have so we are thrilled to finally have some news regarding the return of football. This is the first instance since all sport was shelved by COVID19 that we can communicate any sort of direction.

Yesterday the Federal Government, and subsequently the Queensland Government, announced the 3 Step Framework for a COVIDSAFE Australia.

There will be three stages to the return for sport.

Step 1- 15th May 2020

Outdoor Sport (Up to 10 people) will return if implemented consistently with the AIS Framework for rebooting Sport.

Step 2 - 12th June 2020

Up to 20 people will be allowed to participate in outdoor Sport (consistent with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport).

Step 3 - 10 July 2020

All venues will be allowed to operate with gatherings of up to 100 people. Community sport expansion to be considered consistent with the AIS framework to Rebooting Sport.

The release of the three-step plan is a positive step towards the reintroduction of sport and recreation, which aligns to the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment and we know will be welcomed by all.

Western Pride Football Club consider the health and safety of all its members, families, friends and visitors paramount. With this in mind, Western Pride Football Club will implement a Best Practise Hosting Football Events Policy when we return. The details of this policy are being finalised by the club, Football Queensland and Football Brisbane, to pave the way for a return as soon as sanctions are lifted and will reflect the quality standards of our club and our commitment to excellence.

The patience shown by players and parents in this fluid environment needs to be commended. Not just with our club, but the whole football family.

We will communicate further on how we will return to football and once we have received direction from Football Queensland and Football Brisbane.

Thanks again for your patience.


Western Pride Ranked 7th In Football Queensland Club Audit

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Football Queensland (FQ) has today confirmed the new structure for the 2020 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland junior competition.

Representing a renewed focus on junior player development and pathways, the new competition structure supports the decoupling of the junior NPL Queensland and Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competitions.

The NPL Queensland junior competition has been developed following a three-month consultation process, with initial proposals presented to NPL, NPLW and FQPL clubs in August 2019, and the subsequent establishment of the Technical Working Group.

The new competition will bring an end to the FQPL junior system as the junior NPL Queensland and FQPL leagues evolve into one unified NPL competition.

FQ and the Technical Working Group have developed a new junior grading model including FQ club technical audits, which contribute to the ranking and positioning of each club in the new structure.

Western Pride FC has been ranked 7th out of all 24 FQ affiliated clubs.

Technical Working Group Chairman and former Socceroo Jon McKain said the 2020 NPL Queensland junior competition structure had been developed based on three guiding principles; like vs like, best vs best and for the good of the game.

The new NPL Queensland junior competition will run across three distinct phases throughout the season; the pre-season phase, competition phase and the tournament phase.

Based on the initial junior grading process and rankings, clubs have been allocated to three pools for the pre-season phase; Shield, Maroon and White. In 2020, our club will compete in the Maroon pool. 


Western Pride FC Appoint New Skills Acquisition Phase Director

Western Pride FC is pleased to announce that the club has secured the services of Brian Hastings.

Brian, who has been involved in football for over 30 years will join the club in the role of Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) Director after spending the past five years as Director of Football at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace.

During his time at St Joseph's, he was responsible for expanding the school's football program from 138 participants to 867 whilst overseeing the education and development of 60 coaches and 52 teams.

Hastings will also take up the position of Under 20’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Senior Men.

Hastings said that his goal as SAP Director would be to develop the players to be the best they can.

“I want every player to improve technically and get to the level required to so they have the opportunity to live their footballing dream” said Mr Hasting.

“We are looking forward to a successful season in both juniors and seniors and aim to be back in the National Premier League within a season.”

“We are not there to make up the numbers in the senior ranks, we are there to compete and achieve our goals” he said.

Western Pride FC General Manager Patrick Boyle said he was delighted to bring someone of Brian’s calibre to the club.

“I’ve known Brian for many years now and have watched closely the work he as done at St Joseph's” Mr Boyle said.

“He is probably the only coach in Queensland who can coach Under 6’s up to seniors.” 

“I’m looking forward to working closely with him and seeing our clubs SAP program thrive under his leadership” he said.

Hastings will now turn his attention to selecting the Under 20’s squad and ensuring all Football Queensland SAP requirements are met and exceeded. 

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