With the close of the 2020 season, Football Queensland (FQ) Wide Bay has today acknowledged the contribution of the Wide Bay Buccaneers in the Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL).
With changes to the NPL/FQPL direction, the Wide Bay Buccaneers will no longer participate in the junior NPL competition from 2021, but will participate in the TSP Youth development pathway in conjunction with other Queensland regional centres.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the resilience of the Wide Bay Buccaneers in 2020, and pay special recognition to the Under 13, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 players, parents, coaches and team managers who stuck together throughout a challenging season,” FQ Wide Bay President Tony Trace said.
“While Wide Bay Buccaneers will not be participating in the NPL in 2021, Football Queensland Wide Bay is excited by the opportunities that lie ahead for our young footballers in the region with the introduction of the Talent Support Program (TSP) and continuation of the Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) programs next year.
“This investment from Football Queensland will provide a boost for junior player development, providing additional playing opportunities for talented young footballers through bringing our local development pathways in line with the FFA’s nationwide model, which is utilised in other regional zones in Queensland.
“I’d like to congratulate the players, coaches, parents, sponsors and club administrators who have supported Wide Bay Buccaneers in recent years, and thank them for their ongoing commitment to our game.
“Thank you also to Football Queensland Wide Bay Board Members Mark, Lisa and Wade for their support, in particular their efforts at the start of the current season in securing an additional year for Wide Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 junior NPL competition.
“Football Queensland Wide Bay will be extending a personal invitation to Wide Bay Buccaneers players to join the 2021 Talent Support Program, and we look forward to seeing these young footballers continue on Queensland’s talented player pathway.”
More information on the 2021 TSP and SAP programs in Wide Bay will be released shortly.