Cairns FC Media Release
31 August 2018
Following a successful 2018 season the board of directors of Cairns FC have made the difficult decision to hand back the club’s NPL licence.
Despite the best efforts of the club, sponsors, coaching staff, players, volunteers and supporters, the board of Cairns FC have not been able to harness sufficient support to deliver a financially sustainable NPL model for the region.
The current directors were appointed at the end of the 2017 season. At this stage the former board were on the cusp of relinquishing the licence for the region due to financial and operational difficulties. Over the past 12 months the current board have put all their energies into developing a financially sustainable NPL model for the region.
During the 2018 season the club has had many highlights including:
1. Providing NPL experience for 8 local juniors.
2. The Cairns FC U14 boys team going through the Mackay Community Cup undefeated and 8 Cairns FC players making Queensland train on teams.
3. Reaching the Round of 16 in the FFA Cup and bringing Sydney FC to Cairns where a crowd of 4,000 got to experience a great night of football and $8,000 was raised for drought relief.
Despite this success, and the best efforts of all parties, the board was not able to develop a sustainable NPL model for 2019 and beyond. The club ran at a significant loss for 2018 and was not able to attract sufficient support for our junior programs.
Once the prospect of handling back the NPL licence became likely the board commenced working with Football Queensland to ensure appropriate development pathways were in place for junior and senior players in the region into the future.
Football Queensland have provided a commitment to the board that they will invest to ensure programs to support player pathways are in place for 2019. Football Queensland have also made a commitment to allow the region to re-enter the NPL in future years if a sustainable licence model is developed.
The board of Cairns FC believe that under the new leadership at Football Queensland, headed by CEO Richard Griffiths, the region will see many positive outcomes going forward that previously would not have been possible.
The club would like to thank all of our supporters, sponsors, Cairns Regional Council, players, coaching staff, local clubs who have supported us and our hardworking volunteers for their support which has made our success in 2018 possible.