Words: Staff Writers
Gold Coast City FC regrets to announce that the club has withdrawn from the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Girls competitions for 2017.
The decision has been taken after the club was unable to secure enough players to meet competition requirements in the two age groups.
The club stresses that it undertook a range of recruitment activities and initiatives in an attempt to bolster playing numbers, but these were ultimately unsuccessful.
Football Queensland have been informed of the club’s withdrawal.
Gold Coast City FC accepts additional actions may be taken against the club as a result of this decision by Football Queensland under the terms of its participation licence.
Parents and players involved in the Under 13 Girls and Under 15 Girls teams will be contacted directly addressing their concerns regarding the withdrawal process.
The club has been in contact with local clubs to assist with finding new clubs for girls affected by the withdrawal.
Based on discussions with Football Queensland, Gold Coast City FC understands that this withdrawal will not affect the club’s Women’s and Under 17 Girls teams participation in the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s divisions in 2017.
Club President Andrew Purnell-Webb stated that the club did not take the decision to withdraw from the two age groups lightly.
“It is disappointing that this is the decision that had to be taken but we cannot field teams if we do not have a sufficient number of players,” Mr Purnell-Webb explained.
“It is a hard decision to make but it simply would not have been fair on the girls in those teams had we proceeded into the start of the season in the current situation.”
“We thank all the players that have been part of pre-season for their application and dedication and wish them all the very best in their future football endeavours,” he concluded.