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Football Queensland continues partnership with Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers

FQ

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced that Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers will remain the Official Insurance Partner of the organisation.

The renewed partnership ensures that Gow-Gates will continue to provide the Sports Insurance Program whilst also offering additional services to FQ members.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with leading insurance firm Gow-Gates, who have invested in our game over many years,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said to Football Queensland.

“The Sports Insurance Program is a first-class program that provides our football community with a range of cover under various policies, whilst maintaining the affordability of registration.

“To make the process even easier for our Queensland participants, Gow-Gates has launched an updated football specific web portal that includes FAQs on the insurance program as well as the process for making claims.”

Founding Director Anthony Gow-Gates acknowledged the mutual benefit that the partnership has provided for both parties.

“Gow-Gates has a long history of partnering with Football Queensland, and we’re looking forward to continuing to provide support services to the Queensland football community through the Sports Insurance Program,” Gow-Gates told Football Queensland.

“We’re also pleased to provide participants across the state with access to a range of additional services through our continued partnership with Football Queensland.”

In addition to the Sports Insurance Program, the partnership provides FQ members with access to Gow-Gates’ full suite of insurance broking services, including business and organisations, workers compensation and personal insurances.

Queensland’s largest junior football carnival returns with WinterFest22

Football Queensland is delighted to confirm the return of the state’s largest junior football carnival, with the announcement of WinterFest22.

Delivered in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast, WinterFest22 will be held at Maroochydore FC from Wednesday, 6 July to Sunday, 10 July with over 100 junior boys and girls teams participating.

“Following the success of the inaugural event in 2021, WinterFest22 will once again welcome players and families from across the entire state for the largest football carnival of the year,” Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“Over 5,000 attendees including more than 2,000 players will come together for five days of football fun for the whole family, with MiniRoos and Walking Football sessions running alongside the junior matches and providing an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

“We’re excited to partner with Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast to deliver this event in the region, and look forward to welcoming members of our football community to the beautiful Sunshine Coast this July.

“In addition to enjoying the on-field action, families travelling from both regional and South East Queensland will be able to explore the many visitor attractions as part of their visit to the region for WinterFest22.”

Sunshine Coast Council Economy Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray outlined the council was a huge supporter of pathways development for up-and-coming players across many sports, particularly with the region likely to host several sporting events during the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games including football.

“Our region hosts national and state level events like WinterFest to showcase our beautiful region, with a key draw card for event organisers and participants being the many attractions to keep families busy in between competition days,” he said.

“Supported by council through the Major Events Sponsorship program, our accommodation and tourism providers are set to welcome the many thousands of football visitors expected over five days of WinterFest.”

Football Queensland confirms new referee roles in every region

Football Queensland

Football Queensland has announced greater investment into referee development with the expansion of new refereeing roles across the state.

25 referee staff have been appointed across each of the nine regions in Queensland – in Referee Coach and Development, Support, Mentoring and Training roles.

Football Queensland President Ben Richardson acknowledged that the appointment of the new roles would be essential in continuing the strengthening and development of match officials in Queensland.

“Football Queensland has highlighted the need to continue expanding referee development as the game continues to grow across the entire state,” he said.

“The recruitment of these highly respected, well experienced match officials for these roles including FIFA Referee Misuk Park reflects our commitment to improving the quality and standard of refereeing at every level of the game, with the new team members to provide additional support to the local referee community in each region.

“By appointing various new referee team members across each region in Queensland, we are continuing to invest in providing high-quality, accessible football experiences for all participants, regardless of their geographical location.”

See the full list of new staff appointments below.

Football Queensland

Daniel Taifalos: Officer – Referee Support

South Coast

Dion Bradley: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Maria Roughley: Officer – Referee Support

Daniel Larney: Officer – Referee Support and Mentoring

Metro

Brad Burton: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Misuk Park: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Darling Downs

Trevor Jacobsen: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Frank van den Berg: Officer – Referee Support

Sunshine Coast

Marsh Camille: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Alinda Vanderharst: Officer – Referee Support

Wide Bay

Cody Schiemann: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Kris Cobbin: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Central Coast

Sam Williams: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Tori Bartlett: Officer – Junior Support (South)

David Perna: Officer – Junior Support (North)

Whitsunday Coast

Trevor May: Officer – Referee Coach and Development and Junior Referee Support

Northern

John Cassidy: Officer – Junior Referee Support

Mike Marano: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Graham Buzzi: Officer – Training and Senior Referee Support

Jason Ireland: Officer – Training and Senior Referee Support

Far North & Gulf

Martyn Tilley: Officer – Referee Coach and Development

Peter Hazelden: Officer – Senior Referee Support

Chris Doherty-Fisher: Officer – Senior Referee Support

Natalia Bambino: Officer – Referee Support (Mt Isa)

Schools

Jim Bellos: Officer – School Referees

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