Date set for ABF4ALL Coaching Certificate session

Albert Park’s Synthetic Football Field will play host for Australian Blind Football’s ABF4ALL Coaching Certificate session.

Albert Park’s Synthetic Football Field will play host for Australian Blind Football’s ABF4ALL Coaching Certificate session, taking place between 10am & 1pm on Sunday, March 28.

The ABF4ALL Certificate is designed to assist coaches, volunteers and parents who are seeking knowledge about how to facilitate football opportunities for people who are blind or partially blind.

The intent of the session is to see that blind football coaches, parent and volunteers are empowered by providing them with indelible information and a deeper understanding of partially sighted futsal and blind football. The course places emphasis on creating a positive playing environment for people of all ages and levels of vision loss.

The workshop itself will be a 2-hour session which will then be followed by a ‘Come and Play’ practice session aimed to encourage attendees to practice coaching techniques with football participants of all levels of hearing loss and ages.

Supporting people with vision impairment is a testament to Football Victoria’s dedication to ensuring accessibility and encouraging participation for people of all abilities.

Football Victoria’s Executive Manager for Growth and Inclusion, Karen Pearce acknowledged how pivotal the course is in readying & developing the skillsets of coaches, volunteers and parents who actively contribute to vision impaired football.

“We want the Victorian football community to know that football can be modified to suit all abilities,” she said.

“Football is not a traditional 11-a-side game and we want to develop more volunteers and coaches to support players playing in a modified version of the sport. We want to continue nurturing an inclusive environment for all to play the game.”

2021’s Tokyo edition of the Olympics will feature blind football being played as a modified 5-a-side version of the game. Categorised as ‘B1 football’ at the tournament, the game features outfield players wearing eyeshades and a goalkeeper who may be sighted. A rattling ball is used to assist players and boards sit just outside the outline of the pitch.

Those who wish to register for the event can do so here.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community program to capitalise on growth

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a partnership with A-League staple Brisbane Roar as the member federation continues to build towards their 2026 strategic growth plan.

The two organisations have combined to launch a community incentive, titled ‘Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community’.

As a result of the collaboration, it is an Australian first – as no club across the country has experienced a feat  which is being exhibited in Queensland between the Roar and governing body.

This gound-breaking alliance has effectively reinforced the established relationship between the state and one of the country’s most renowned football clubs, drawing emphasis upon the strategy of building upon the ongoing development and support of football within Queensland.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community will deliver a vast variety of grassroots football clinics, sessions, events and community engagement programs to young aspiring boy and girl participants.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his assertiveness in FQ hitting the 2026 strategy plan, with the newly found partnership a step in the right direction.

“Combining our strong ties to the grassroots football community with Brisbane Roar’s connection to football fans across the state ensures we can implement best practice delivery methods to unite the game in Queensland,” he said via media release.

Brisbane Roar FC Chairman & CEO Kaz Patafta discussed his admiration towards the expansion of the Club’s reach in the new state wide opportunity.

“We’re delighted to expand Brisbane Roar FC’s reach throughout the Queensland football community as we continue working collaboratively with Football Queensland to pave the way for innovative and strategic opportunities for the game,” he added via press release.

This community program intends on introducing young boys and girls to the sport of football, in attempts to increase participation numbers.

It is a strict objective in which FQ are adamant in achieving, all in accordance to their 2024-2026 Development Strategy.

Additionally, the programs created are crafted for children across the state of Queensland, with a database featured on the community program website, allowing parents to navigate the closest programs within their respective area of the state.

Schools are also invited to become involved – find out more about Football in the Community here:

Volunteers valued throughout nationwide week in their honour

Volunteers are the backbone of sports clubs across the nation, within the lifespan of a successful club, volunteers throughout generations are selflessly involved.

National Volunteer Week 2024 is an incentive created by Volunteering Australia (VA) who have continued the promotion of volunteers since their inception in 1991.

Founded under the National Secretariat Program, VA are the peak organisation for volunteers across the country.

National Volunteer week has officially began, with its conclusion occurring on Sunday.

Coaches, administrators, referees and team managers all fall under the plethora of volunteers in whom without it the day to day living organism of a club would cease to exist.

Selfless within the endeavours undertaken, volunteers dedicate time and effort at the betterment of a sports club.

Playing a pivotal role in various aspects of a sports club operations. They are the unsung heroes in building chemistry amongst players, club participants and officials.

Unifying a broader community under the umbrella of a sporting entity.

Football across the nation have showcased their appreciation towards volunteers.

Football NSW have swiftly acknowledged the continuous contributions made by volunteers throughout the state by disclosing their participation within the week.

As stated on their website, Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas touched upon the importance in which volunteers possess.

“Every week we see thousands of dedicated volunteers, committed administrators, and mums and dads giving their time to ensure our players of all ages can enjoy the beautiful game.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our game – the grassroots appeal of our game would not be what it is without their passion for the sport and undying commitment to their local club and community.”

Football NSW are honouring the volunteers within the state through Football NSW Champion Volunteer Pieces, all to be presented across social media platforms and the NSW website throughout the duration of volunteer week.

Additionally, the theme for this year’s annual National Volunteer Week is “Something for Everyone”. Placing a firm emphasis upon recognition of diversity within the volunteering community.

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