Football Queensland has maintained its commitment towards uniting football by announcing a new partnership with The Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS).
The move comes as part of Football Queensland’s School Strategy, designed to improve the sporting experience for school participants.
After months of discussions, Football Queensland and GPS have reached a Memorandum agreement that will see match referees and fresh development opportunities for referees and coaching supplied to GPS schools across the state.
“We are delighted to be working with GPS and school football and look forward to delivering quality outcomes for participants of school football,” Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“It is critical we continue to unite football in the state whilst constantly looking for innovative ways to improve the experience wherever football is played and this partnership enables us to do that, creating consistency in refereeing across school and club football.”
GPS was founded in 1918 and has been able to administer sporting and cultural activities for nine secondary schools in Brisbane, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba. Football has been part of the association’s focus since 1991.
“The new partnership with Football Queensland will deliver tangible benefits for our member schools, allowing us to improve the quality and support of match officials and coaches across the GPS network and encouraging growth in participation,” GPS Competition Administrator Katie Veitch said.
“We look forward to working with Football Queensland to further strengthen the delivery of GPS football as we provide exciting opportunities for our participants and their football development moving forward.”
“One of Football Queensland’s strategies will be the delivery of free referee courses to build capacity within GPS schools and mentoring match officials during school games, reflecting FQ’s commitment to growing the number of referees in the state through increased development opportunities,” Cavallucci said.
“We will also be making coach education courses available to GPS school coaches to ensure their young players are benefitting from the best possible guidance.
“Football in Queensland United is a critical strategic objective, and we can only achieve this by bringing together and welcoming communities into the football family.
“A united game with a shared purpose, demonstrating we are the largest participation sport across Queensland, FQ will advocate football with a stronger position across all levels of government.”