GOLD COAST STINGRAYS GRIDIRON FOOTBALL CLUB – Est. 1987
“STINGRAY PRIDE” … the two-word club mantra is a big part of the reason behind the Stingrays being the most successful club in Australia.
The culture we have developed is based around the pride we have in everything we do at the Stingrays, both on and off the field. That is the reason why so many of our current players, coaches and volunteers have come through the ranks of the club and stayed here to pass on their knowledge and help the next generation.
We have a long list of truly great clubmen who have been the backbone of the Stingrays. People like inaugural Player/President and now current President Craig James, long-time President and now Youth Program coordinator Geoff Hay and his two sons Chris and Richard, Michael Ferguson, Geoff Hiddleston, Simon Groth, Steven Williams, Ben Walker and Daniel Collins, who not only was a player & club official at the Stingrays, but also Daniel was the youngest player to captain the National team. They are just some of the people who have worked hard to create such a strong club and culture that we are extremely proud of.
Gone are the days when Gridiron was considered a fringe sport. Gridiron and the Stingrays are now embedded in the Gold Coast’s sporting landscape, with now three teams playing in the “Gridiron Queensland” competition, Senior Men, Women and Colts U/19’s divisions, and most recently the establishment of our “Youth Program”, which is catering for the 7 to 13 year old age group.
Our success as a club is based on a little luck, a lot of hard work and a succession plan that works. We were lucky in our first year to have been coached by American College coach John McClure, who just happened to jet into the Gold Coast as part of a World trip that he and his wife Ellen were enjoying. The last thing John was expecting on his vacation was to be teaching grassroots football to a bunch of Aussies with a dream. He set up a great foundation and from there we have continued to build.
Having just completed our 30th year old Football on the Gold Coast, the Club’s success can be seen in numerous areas – Championships, player numbers, sponsorships, council & community support and a playing pathway that is well sign-posted. Players who have worn the Stingrays colours have gone on to represent Queensland and Australia, as well as gaining scholarships to play college level gridiron in the United States.
The last 30years have been quite exciting and the Stingrays now look forward to even more success as we take the next step into our future.
STINGRAY PRIDE !!!