Football Queensland have welcomed a recent $51.3 million financial support package from the state government, which will assist community sporting clubs and participants.
FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci believes the funding is critical to help deal with the challenges that the coronavirus crisis has thrown up.
“The last few months have been an extremely challenging time for our game as a whole and for the entire Queensland football community. This support from the Queensland Government will be a huge boost to participants, clubs and members of the football community across the state,” Cavallucci said in a statement.
“After weeks of working closely with the Queensland Government, FQ put forward a strong case as to why supporting the largest participation sport in Queensland will deliver ongoing health and wellbeing benefits by getting kids active again and supporting local communities.”
The package will cover sign-on fees for 73,000 children who are from low income families, including households who have been affected by job losses during this time.
As many as 3,000 clubs will be able to access an Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund of up to $20,000, for minor works and equipment fees.
The $14 million COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart initiative will also give 7,000 community clubs the chance to receive a $2,000 grant.
“As the largest club-based participation sport in the state, football plays a pivotal role in the health and wellbeing of over 180,000 participants across Queensland, providing physical and mental health benefits while building stronger communities,” Cavallucci said.
“Football Queensland continues to work closely with the State Government and will provide further information on the Restart package and application process as more information becomes available.”
More information on the financial support package can be found here: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport