Club Spotlight: Peninsula Power FC (QLD)

In the shadows of the grandstand, Craig Feuerriegel proudly looks out as mothers walk out alongside their daughters ahead of a Sunday afternoon kick off at AJ Kelly Park.   

It is Peninsula Power’s annual Mother’s Day celebration, acknowledging mothers and daughters who play at the club.   

Not that long ago it was Feuerriegel’s own daughter, Melissa, who was among the young girls talking the field in Brisbane’s north.   

Founded in the 2000 when two established clubs amalgamated - Margate FC and Redcliffe FC – Peninsula Power has grown to become an admirable club in both men’s and women’s football.   

For almost 20 years President Craig Feuerriegel has been involved in the growth of Peninsula Power on and off the pitch. Its progression has seen the Redcliffe’s club increase their registered player base to over 1,000 footballers in 75 teams.   

“Power is a club that prides itself on developing talent of all ages and genders, from the grass-roots members, to Junior programs and Skills Acquisition Program, all the way through to the National Premier Leagues and W-League,” he said.   

“Our members and supporters are passionate about our club and are well supported at all levels.”  

Two important figures at Power are life members Michelle Feuerriegel and Maryvonne Ludke.  Both Michelle and Maryvonne have been paramount in the shaping the strategic direction of the club over the past two decades.   

Nowhere has their influence been more keenly felt than in the girls and women’s space.   

“The club’s football strategic plan included a strong focus on women’s and girl’s football by forming a subcommittee that built a women’s football program and became involved in the club structure and decision-making processes.” 

“The Committee, including Michelle and Maryvonne, have provided resources to the women’s football operations to implement strategies to increase and enhance women’s and girl’s participation in football activities.”   

The effect has been felt at grassroots and filtered through to the very top of the women’s game.  Six W-League players have emerged from the club including current Matildas France 2019 goalkeeper Teagan Micah, Olympian Larissa Crummer, future Matilda Cortnee Vine, Melissa Feuerriegel, Brittany Whitfield and former Matilda Kate McShea.   

Not resting on their laurels, Peninsula Power are striving towards the limitless opportunity that a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Australia would provide.  At the core of Power’s growth strategy has been its focus on facilities; in particular, female-friendly facilities.   

“The club committee has been very active in designing and developing strategies to improve facilities for the benefit of increasing female participation,” Feuerriegel explained.  

“Part of this consultation included national trends, which include grassroots participation, technical development and elite development in line with Football Federation Australia's Strategic Plan 2014-2016.”   

 

The result has seen funding support from the Federal Government’s Community Infrastructure Program, and Female Facility Grants from the Queensland Government, to build an indoor training facility and new female changerooms.  

This funding was supported by Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth and State Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath.  

Feuerriegel and the Power committee consider the upgrades to these facilities as integral to underpinning the limitless future of the game in their region.  Fundamentally, they also provide the best environment for all members of in their club, current or future.   

“Peninsula Power puts great importance to offering women and girls a vital role in the club’s future and the community both on and off the field.”  

“These strategies have included Equity and Equality – that women and girls regardless of social, economic, cultural or physical backgrounds and circumstances should have opportunities equal to those of men and boys to participate in every aspect of sport, recreation and physical activity. And when they do so, should be treated equitably.”   

FACT BOX 

Club Name:  

Peninsula Power FC 

Member Federation:  

Football Queensland 

Foundation:  

2000 

# of Teams:  

75 

# of Players;  

1000 

Social Media Links: 

www.peninsulapower.com.au  

@penpower_fc