Football Queensland (FQ) has announced the launch of a state-wide road trip to promote Walking Football and futsal in their state, with free sessions to be held in a range of locations in Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
The week-long road trip begins today (Monday, May 10) in Bundaberg and will conclude on Monday, May 17 in Gladstone – with various community activations scheduled in Hervey Bay, Emerald and Rockhampton.
“This is another example of FQ’s commitment to delivering high-quality, accessible participation experiences, regardless of age, gender, location or cultural background,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“We are determined to grow football across the entire state by providing all Queenslanders with the opportunity to try different forms of the game, such as futsal and Walking Football.”
FQ Officer for Walking Football Alan Templeton said that he was eager to promote the modified form of the game in the regions.
“It has been fantastic to see the popularity and growth of Walking Football here in Queensland,” Templeton said.
“Following the success of the recent Walking Football tournament in Brisbane, this trip is all about spreading awareness of this form of football so that Queenslanders of all ages and fitness levels can continue playing the game they love.
“Walking Football is a great way for Queenslanders to stay fit, develop balance and strength, improve reaction times and build self-esteem and social connectedness.”
Accompanying Templeton on the road trip will be FQ Officer for Futsal Trevor Edwards, who will deliver school sessions and conduct community consultation meetings.
“Futsal is fast, fun and exciting and we want to make sure that all Queenslanders have access to the sport,” Edwards said.
“We know that kids who get involved in futsal turbo-charge their skill development and become better footballers as well, so that’s why we will be engaging with schools and clubs throughout Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
“Futsal has historically been focused on metropolitan areas, so this trip is a great opportunity to expand and develop the game in the regions in line with our strategic objective to grow all forms of football throughout Queensland.”