Football Queensland launches FQ Facilities Hub

Football Queensland (FQ) has launched the FQ Facilities Hub, a dedicated space to house the release of a series of new infrastructure-specific facilities guides. The guides are designed to provide guidance and support to clubs across Queensland on the development and upgrade of facilities and infrastructure.

“We’re delighted to launch our Football Queensland Facilities Hub, a go-to spot for our clubs and volunteers across the state to access up to date and relevant information covering a variety of infrastructure and facility areas,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

Designed to support the recently released state-wide Strategic Infrastructure Plan, FQ has released the first three in a suite of facilities guides which will be housed on the Facilities Hub; Football Facilities – Building Development Guide, Football Club Facility Development – Project Planning, and the Field Dimensions and Pitch Marking Guide.

“Today Football Queensland is also pleased to release three guides that have been developed to support our clubs, ahead of the release of a further two documents to assist Queensland clubs and venues in the development and upgrade of facilities. We’d like to acknowledge the significant work carried out by Football Victoria in the development of these facilities guides,” Cavallucci added.

“As the largest club-based participation sport in the state, infrastructure is vital to supporting the ongoing growth of our game here in Queensland, and only with appropriate infrastructure and facilities can we continue to deliver enjoyable participation experiences for all involved in football.”

FQ President Ben Richardson also commented on the release, highlighting the federation’s commitment improving the state’s footballing infrastructure as a long-term strategy.

“Football Queensland’s commitment to developing facilities of a high standard across the state was recently demonstrated with the release of the Strategic Infrastructure Plan, which outlines the priority infrastructure and funding required to drive progress towards the state’s critical facility needs,” FQ President Ben Richardson said.

“Within the Clubs and Community Pillar of Football Queensland’s Strategic Plan, we have also identified a focus on designing minimum standards for clubs, and making the job of the thousands of dedicated volunteers around the state easier.

“We’re confident that this new Facilities Hub on the Football Queensland website will support our clubs across Queensland in the development of appropriate infrastructure, while facilitating the growth of the game in the years to come.”


Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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