Historic move by peninsula club

Historic move by peninsula club

Redcliffe PCYC Dolphins is preparing for one of its biggest changes in almost 40 years – but the club’s community focus will remain unaltered.

There will be a “new look and feel” coming to the football (soccer) club as it prepares to separate from the neighbouring PCYC.

Redcliffe PCYC Dolphins, which was formed in 1982, has always operated under the management of the PCYC in Kippa-Ring.

Lease talk

The PCYC holds the lease and permit for the clubhouse and football playing fields with Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC).

But following talks with PCYC Queensland and MBRC, the football club will take over from 2022, forming a new incorporated club with a new name.

On its Facebook page the club says: “This means the soccer club will be an incorporated entity with a new name, branding and a fresh focus for the future.”

Paving the way

An interim committee will work this season to prepare for the change.

“At this stage, please understand the interim committee for our new club is working hard to undertake the necessary developments in the background in addition to getting this season up and running,” adds the statement.

“This season we will continue to operate under the management of PCYC and we have no doubt this season will be very successful as we transition to an exciting 2022.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank the PCYC for their input and community spirit over the years.”

Smooth switch

The football club is also working closely with Football Brisbane to ensure a smooth transition and for all teams to continue in the same competitions.

Redcliffe PCYC Dolphins Registrar and interim committee member Ginette Barrett says: “We have been talking about it for a while and think it will be a good thing for the club and members.

"The PCYC has been 100 per cent supportive.”

Fantastic news

The news was welcomed on the club’s Facebook page with April Neiner saying: “Wow, this is fantastic news … bigger and better for 2022”. Michelle Patterson added: “Very exciting news for the club.”

Redcliffe PCYC entered a men’s team in the Sunshine Coast Division 1 in 1982, but it was 2003 before it returned in Brisbane Metro 3.

The club was third in Metro 3 in 2009 and lost the grand final to Redlands 1-0, but was Metro 2 Premiers in 2010 and beat West End Partisans 2-1 in the final.

Redcliffe PCYC was runners-up in the first season of Brisbane Capital League 3 in 2013 and lost the grand final to Kangaroo Point 2-1.

This season Redcliffe PCYC is in Capital League 2 with its first match at Kangaroo Point on April 10.

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