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Football Queensland partners with Veto Sports

Football Queensland have announced Veto Sports as its Official Equipment and Goal Post Partner.

The governing body’s partnership with Veto will connect clubs across Queensland to the company’s extensive range of goal posts and equipment.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci believes the new partnership reflects FQ’s commitment to providing a high-quality experience for all participants.

“Veto Sports is a leading provider of safe football equipment across Australia and partnering with Veto will continue to support the growth of football in Queensland while providing exceptional equipment quality for clubs at all levels of the game,” said Cavallucci.

“This new partnership will provide clubs with a range of benefits including access to portable goals, bow-flex products and aluminium mini goals as well as an equipment range covering agility training, free kick men, targets, cones and markers.”

Veto Sports General Manager, Josh McKee, stated that the partnership was an exciting opportunity to provide clubs across Queensland with access to safe, quality goals and equipment.

“Veto Sports takes pride in delivering top quality FIFA approved goals and works with leading manufacturers to ensure we comply with those standards,” said McKee.

“All of our goal posts comply with FIFA, Football Australia and Australian standards including the Australian Standard AS 4866.1-2007, for Moveable Goal Posts.”

Each Veto goal post is made from Marine Grade aluminium and also includes UV resistant nets and treated net clips, to ensure they are durable throughout all types of weather events. Every post comes complete with wheels for easy transportation and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Musgrave SC reaches funding goal for Football Queensland’s Community Heart Program

Musgrave Soccer Club has become the latest beneficiary of Football Queensland’s Community Heart Program.

The scheme provides life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the FQ community, helping to ensure the safety of match-goers and staff in case of a heart-related emergency.

Hitting their fundraising goal on Tuesday, the club joins Sunshine Coast FC, Galton Redbacks, and Robina City Soccer Club in reaching their target, passing $2,499 in total donations.

It’s a point of pride for President Michelle Shultz, and an achievement the club is celebrating.

“Everyone was really pleased,” Shultz told Soccerscene.

“It’s something you hope that you never have to use but it’s something we wanted to make sure we had. All the members were really supportive and wanting to help achieve it.”

It has been reported that every year, over 33,000 Australians go into cardiac arrest. Many of these cases occur without immediate access to a hospital or medical care, and only an estimated 9% of people survive.

Having access to an AED increases the likelihood of survival by up to 600%. The program aims to increase the whole community’s safety and keep those numbers low.

“You not only think of your own members, but the entire football community,” Shultz said.

“You hope you never have to use it but if you do, you’ve got it there to help anyone in the community. It’s a good feel that you can help out.

“The program includes 15 people to be trained in your club at a free cost to learn how to use it. It’s something that has brought it to our attention – that we should have more people who understand how to use CPR and things like that. We’re also organising a first aid course in our club at the moment.”

Shultz encourages every other club still raising money to keep up their efforts.

“Every general meeting we’ve had, we’ve mentioned that if everyone could support it, every cent could save a life,” she said.

“We had plenty of members either range from $10 to over $100 donated. It’s making people realise that you don’t have to donate $50.

“If you have 300 members and everyone put in $10 that’s $3000 straight away. It’s not like everyone needs to have a huge amount, but it’s something that can help. If it can save a life, how important is it?”

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.”

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