Reinstate Olympic FC Female Football program into elite competition.
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Football Queensland have decided to expand the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women's competition for 2018, but have rejected Brisbane Olympic FC's application to continue in a competition they have been a part of since it's inception.
In making this decision, they have deemed Olympic FC incapable of providing an elite level of football education to female athletes, despite approving the club's application to compete in the equivalent league for male footballers. The decision has not been justified, and Football Queensland refuse to respond to requests for feedback from local stakeholders and federal politicians.
Olympic FC is one of only two Brisbane based clubs in this competition who have fielded teams in all divisions since the competition commenced, but have been overlooked for clubs who have never been able to meet licensing requirements. Some newly created entities who do not have a single registered player, and in some cases, do not have fields to play on, have been accepted ahead of an existing club with an existing community, existing administration and existing infrastructure. Our current player base, with girls as young as 6 years old, are talking about giving up on their dreams of being Matildas because they feel like they will not have a chance without this program in place.
Our club has worked hard to provide a positive football environment for female athletes, with many success stories having originated from Goodwin Park. In 2016, more players from our team went on to play in the Westfield W-League than any other club in Queensland, and another one of our players made her international debut in a World Cup Qualifier. More importantly, hundreds of young ladies have developed a sense of confidence and wellbeing through their involvement in our program.
We want the opportunity to continue the great work we have already started. We ask Football Queensland and Football Federation Australia to reinstate Brisbane Olympic FC into the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Women's competition in 2018, allowing more female athletes the chance to engage in physical activity, develop self-worth and pursue their dreams of becoming international footballers.
We believe that Brisbane Olympic FC have been wrongfully excluded from this competition, and invite Football Queensland to correct this mistake, as they have demonstrated a willingness to do already. We have the coaches, we have the players, we have the infrastructure, we have the history, we have the knowledge and we have the passion to give the best opportunities to young female athletes. Help us continue to provide the same opportunities for a generation of young women that we do for young men.
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