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Clubs set to benefit from Wellbeing Awareness Guide by Football Queensland

FQ Guide

In partnership with the Wellbeing Science Institute (WSI), Football Queensland (FQ) have released a Wellbeing Awareness Guide in an effort to aid Queensland clubs.

The guide, which is housed on the Club Support Hub, is the latest in a litany of resources designed by FQ to provide an increased level of support to clubs across the state. The guide arrives at a critical time especially as parts of Queensland have entered a new snap lockdown.

Outlined in the guide are six interdependent dimensions of wellbeing – physical, psychological, social, cultural, educational and financial. Each have been identified by FQ as significant in how they can potentially influence an individual.

“In line with the Strategic Plan, Football Queensland is committed to providing high-quality participation experiences for all involved in our game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“The player-centred guide released today has been developed by FQ to reinforce the importance of player wellbeing, providing valuable insights for clubs to improve the health and wellbeing of their participants through a range of resources.

“As we live through an unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world, the wellbeing of our participants and members of our football community has never been more important.

“We’re hopeful that the Wellbeing Awareness Guide will equip our clubs with the necessary tools to support their participants, and create a positive club environment in which they can flourish.”

Football Queensland State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer outlined what clubs can expect from the program.

“Football Queensland is committed to helping clubs on their journey towards providing a holistic wellbeing program for players of all ages.

“The information outlined in the Wellbeing Awareness Guide will provide clubs with valuable resources to monitor and improve the general wellbeing of their players.

“The guide outlines six dimensions of wellbeing which have the potential to influence an individual, and FQ will continue to develop this by adding focus areas that can be adopted by clubs to improve athlete wellbeing.

“Supporting the release of the Player Wellbeing Awareness Guide, an upcoming webinar focused on Managing Holistic Player Wellbeing will be delivered by FQ’s Club Development Unit next month.”

Depending on the COVID situation, the Player Wellbeing: Managing Holistic Player Wellbeing webinar will be held on Sunday, August 22.

Football Queensland’s Wellbeing Awareness Guide can be accessed here.

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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