Football Queensland have delivered multiple football programs in recent months which has seen just under 9,000 students become active through the ‘Sporting Schools’ initiative.
89 schools across the sunshine state were engaged in Term 3 programs, with applications for Term 4 open until the end of this week.
“We made it clear in FQ’s Strategic Plan that we would prioritise opportunities to engage with schools throughout Queensland and Sporting Schools has been an excellent program for us to get kids active across the state and drive ongoing participation and a love of the game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Uniting football in Queensland means bringing all facets of the game together and pointed in the same direction to deliver high-quality experiences for everyone involved, even with the challenges presented to us this year with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the past six months, our participation team has worked closely with Football Federation Australia to create a sustainable teacher-delivered Sporting Schools option.
“The response was strong with 17 schools electing to run a teacher-delivered program during Term 3, extending our state-wide reach to 89 schools in total and 8,877 participants ranging from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast.
“I encourage all Queensland schools to take up the funding opportunities on offer before the Term 4 application window closes on Friday.”
Laura Bryant, FQ Participation Officer – Schools, stated: “Each Sporting Schools program is tailored to the individual school’s request.
“The Queensland teachers we have engaged with have done amazingly well with all the hurdles they have faced in what has been a challenging 2020.
“The majority of Sporting Schools football programs this term have still been delivered by our endorsed coaching team during school PE lessons, as well as before and after school.
“Our coaches have done a wonderful job ensuring all children who participate in a Sporting Schools program have a smile on their face in a fun and inclusive environment.”