Background Image: Keagan Sheridan
Keagan Sheridan - SWQ Thunder FC Men
First Junior Club you played for & age?
Highfields Football Club
What is your personal aim this season?
To sustain & constantly perform at the highest level I can for the teams benefit.
Your favourite food?
Tuna, Spinach & Brown Rice
Pre Match Superstitions?
Prepare with good foods, always put my left sock, boot & shinpad on first!
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Would have to be the World Cup Finals!
What training drill do you dread the most?
5 minutes run is torture
One word to describe you?
Best quote you’ve heard?
Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to Teleport.
Background Image: Louise Rolfe | SWQ Thunder FC Women
SWQ Thunder Coaches recently participated in a Coaches Education Evening with visiting Western Sydney Wanderers, NYL Strength & Conditioning Coach, Rafique Hassim. Rafique is visiting the Toowoomba region as a Guest Coach at the Thunder & 2nd Nature Football Camp.
The SWQ Thunder FC Board and Coaches are committed to providing quality coaching to our Thunder footballers and participate in every opportunity to expand their knowledge base.
The U18 Boys Team were selected as the training team for the demonstrations on the night.
Thanks to Rafique Hassim for an informative, educational and enjoyable night of football.
We welcome our new Thunder Men’s recruit, Goalkeeper Mario Aparicio, to the team. As you may all know, Mario is our current SWQ Thunder FC Goalkeeper Coach and we are excited to have Mario join us as part of our player cohort.
Mario played in his first Thunder match in Townsville vs North Queensland United FC in our 1-0 win.
The Thunder Family would like to express our sincere condolences to Mario and his Family on the sad passing of Mario’s Mother. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for his commitment, to the club and the team, for putting on the gloves under incredibly sad circumstances. We are very saddened to hear of your loss, our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow.
Pittsworth vikings Soccer Club
Great job from the Junior Pittsworth Vikings who were invited to the SWQ Thunder Men vs Olympic FC at Clive Berghofer Stadium recently. They did a great job escorting the teams onto the field and performed ball boy & girl duties.
They finished off the night chatting on the field with our SWQ Thunder FC Men’s Team.
Background Picture: Mackenzie Robinson| U17 Girls SWQ Thunder FC
From the thunder Chairman
It’s been a year of changes for SWQ Thunder and although we as a Board are constantly working to extend our resources and implement strategies to improve the Club it has been brought to our attention (thanks WNPL) that the Clubs members don’t often hear about the progress of these external projects. So this information is us sharing a little of what we are working on, outside of the extensive day-to-day operations of a Club of this size.
Your board members hold the following portfolio’s:
- Chairman: Mandy Adams
- Finance: Jon Hayne
- Football Operations: Janelle Sothmann
- Football Operations Assistant: Sue Lister
- Media and Communications: Laurie Passante
- High Performance Football Operations: Jason Hall
- Business Development, Infrastructure & Governance: Dan Clifford
- Game Day & Volunteer Co-Ordinator: Trevor Howard
Collectively this year we have identified area’s that need improvement and we are responding currently to some feedback by working towards better communications through the Club as well as improving support and education of Coaches. I’m sure you’ve noticed our increased profile in the Media this season - our regular Newsletters and our elite Academy offered during the holiday period, the increased support from community clubs with mascots at our Home Games, new Club Sponsors, the SAP programme, introducing ‘wellness’ sponsors available for education on prehab and rehab, mentoring & team coaching for the senior teams – all these things ensure we continue to develop as a Club and support us as we create pathways for all age groups to realise their dreams of playing elite Football.
We continue to lobby for a permanent home for Thunder with the appropriate infrastructure to allow administration and expansion within the group and this month will specifically include meetings with Local Council, and other state authorities continuing this process. Although we may need to reschedule games and training fields (sometimes inconveniently) this is often the result of changes outside our area of control – we are governed by Football Qld in both administration and the implementation of the FFA National Curriculum. In the future we can look forward to being part of the Charlton Sports Precinct but in the meantime, we continue the process to secure a ‘home ground for Thunder’ at the Captain Cook fields. This has so far been more than a 2-year journey and has been assisted by previous members of the Board, partners of Thunder and current Board Members including Wade Eiser, Peter Munster, Nigel Fanning, Jon Hayne, Mandy Adams and probably others – identifying potential training fields, applying for grants to light these new fields, and liaising with Council to allocate a ‘priority use’ to us as a Club. Although we haven’t yet established a home ground specific to Thunder we have finally secured training fields for the WNPL teams at Kearney Springs and this is a great success for Thunder…. The new lights are installed and we are just waiting for Ergon to light them up , and our WNPL teams will move all their training sessions to those fields. We have also purchased two new Bow Nets for the girls teams.
This month the board has spent time creating strategies for governance of the Club at a new level – this includes things such as creating a Membership Supporter Group within our regional football community with benefits to members from our sponsors & increasing our profile throughout the region…. We are working on processes for trials at the end of the season, preparing budgets for next season, and continuing with the exhaustive administrative processes required to allow us to continue to hold our licenses for SAP, WNPL and NPL into 2019.
Individually each board member has a lot of work to do during the week after our day jobs (some days it’s a really big job) - Collectively we meet regularly to make decisions on behalf of the players & members of the Club to ensure we grow stronger and better every season. What we need now is an army – parents & friends to come to games, helpers volunteering for the small jobs on Game Days and support finding Sponsors. The potential for success is huge and every single one of us plays a part. We’re ready when you are………………..
SWQ Thunder FC Chairman - Mandy Adams