Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Era for Central FC Greener Pastures; Expanding Central FC Gains Brian Niven Park

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

New Era for Central FC Greener Pastures; Expanding Central FC Gains Brian Niven Park

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Byline: Matt Harris matthew.harris@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SOCCER: Central Football Club continues to grow with the club announcing it has been handed Brian Niven Park from CQ Mariners FC following the club's decision to fold this year.

Central FC plays home games at Sun Valley Park but hopes the addition of Brian Niven Park, will further boost player numbers.

The club had reached capacity at Sun Valley Park.

Since it formed 42 years ago, Central FC has grown to now have 350 registered players to become one of the major clubs in Central Queensland.

President Marty Emerson said the club was extremely grateful for the support of the CQ Mariners members.

"This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for our club," Emerson said.

"The timing couldn't be better for us. Sun Valley Park has been our home ground for the past 20 years over which time our Central family has grown.

"We now have 25 junior teams in all age groups, three academy teams and for the first time our senior teams have increased to a total seven this year which is the most of any club in Central Queensland.

"Having a dedicated football facility is a significant step forward for our club."

Emerson said a shared arrangement at Sun Valley had become problematic.

"It's a facility we share with The Glen Cricket Club who also use it for half the year meaning our field is unavailable for games at the start of each season due to the crossover with the cricket season," he said.

"With the two full-size fields at Brian Niven Park in addition to Sun Valley Park, we will once again have the capacity to increase the number of teams and players we can accommodate.

"We'll also have the ability to host carnivals and off-season clinics which hasn't been an option for us in the past."

Emerson acknowledged the work put into the facility over the years by Mariners and Wolves members and said the club would continue to improve it. …

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