READY TO CHALLENGE: Bargara FC will compete for the first time in the Wide Bay League
FOOTBALL: A plan five years in the making will see Bargara create history this year in Bundaberg football.
This season they will be in the Wide Bay League for the first time as a club.
It is the first time the 85-year-old side has entered the top division of football in the region.
President Brad Conlon said the time was right to make the move.
"Our division two players played outstandingly over the past three years and we saw we needed to make the next step up,” he said.
"Our director of coaching, Allan Davison, put the proposal forward and the committee voted it in.”
Conlon said it also provided the players something to aspire to.
"It allows our male players to have a pathway to the highest level in our region,” he said.
"The club is now working on the same opportunity for the ladies.”
Now they are building on a goal to win the title.
"We see this as a three-year plan,” Conlon said. We need to get in there and maintain our division one team and maintain it for the years ahead.”
The club added they wouldn't be in the competition without the support of the Bundaberg Motor Group and the Bargara Beach Hotel.
In the first season they will be coached by Allan Davison.
Bringing valuable experience after coaching the division two side last year, he aims to put on a show this year.
"We're looking to play attractive football where we score more goals than the opposition,” he said.
"We want to play with plenty of possession and flair.”
The transition to a division one side has also completely transformed training.
"We've been training twice a week and not once like last year,” he said.
"We want our sides to put in the hard work but have fun along the way.”
And Davison has big ambitions.
"We're looking for a top-four finish this season,” he said.
"We know it is a huge effort but we're prepared to put in the hard yards to do it.”
The team will play their first trial this Saturday against the KSS Jets at 5pm at the club's home ground.
Entry is free with the club running a barbecue on the night.