Twelve Codes and Counting
Like many other great sporting traditions, members at Frenchville Sports have the cricket off-season to thank for their great club.
Nearly 70 years ago, Frenchville Sports Club was formed by a group of cricketers who were keen to keep fit during their off-season. They started playing soccer, miraculously winning their first ever competition game as a football first eleven.
As the club grew, so too did the sports on offer and today, it is one of the largest multi-sports clubs in Queensland with over 20,000 members (including 2,000 players) active across 12 different sporting codes. Sports range in diversity from netball to fishing; and of course soccer and cricket.
According to the club’s Sports Manager Terry Kennedy, it’s the foresight of committee members which has seen the club grow in to a major Rockhampton business and community hub.
“The club is very generous in supporting local sporting associations, junior and senior representative players and coaches and umpires in their development efforts.”
Terry’s role is to help clubs achieve their targets, supporting them to boost team numbers, improve coaching qualifications and ensure the smooth running of events.
Joining Good Sports was a great way for Frenchville Sports to further strengthen their impact on the local community. According to Terry, achieving accreditation requires effort, but you get out what you put in.
“Initially, I thought that joining Good Sports would be a bit of an imposition; but over time having to meet recommended standards has proven to be an asset for our club.” Terry explained.
Through its participation in the Good Sports Healthy Eating program, the club has put a number of strategies in place to help spread the right messages to its young members.
Simple changes like ensuring chilled water is readily available to players and providing nutritious options for juniors at the club canteen have helped Frenchville Sports to promote healthier choices, having an even greater impact on the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Terry is set to move on from his role in the coming weeks after a total of 15 years with Frenchville. He’s proud of the contribution his club continues to make and says his highlight is when everyone comes together to celebrate at the club’s Annual Sports Awards.
It’s a night where sporting rivalries are forgotten and the entire club comes together united by their love of sport and the diverse Frenchville community.
At Frenchville Sports, there truly is something for everyone. And that’s what makes this great club so fantastic.