Football Queensland’s Diploma Program for 2024 is set to be delivered in conjunction with TAFE Queensland.
The program is a 12-month course and provides graduates with a Diploma of Sport.
Unlike broader programs, this one will provide students with the opportunity to complete their studies in a practical football centric environment. This will include work integrated learning that will be facilitated directly with Football Queensland.
The opportunity to complete workplace learning with the governing body will be a huge sell for the program and is likely to be a great way for the quality of Queensland football to grow.
The studies themselves will cover a wide range of sports relates subjects, all geared towards preparing students to work in industry upon graduation.
Some of the areas covered in the course include high performance training, coaching techniques, the management of people, and the management of sporting events.
Graduates will be qualified to work as coaches or sport development managers. They will also be equipped to design, deliver, and manage a range of football activities, including training sessions, junior activations, tournaments and competitions.
The program will be headquartered at Meakin Park, giving students direct access to the heart of the Queensland game.
Through the programs proximity to the body, students will be able to regularly engage with quality football facilities as well as guest lecturers both from Football Queensland itself and also the wider sports industry.
Discussing this exciting opportunity, Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci expressed the governing bodies excitement at being able to directly facilitate its states next generation of administrative talent.
“Following the success of the TAFE at Schools program, we’re delighted to deliver the Football Queensland Diploma Program from 2024 as part of our partnership with TAFE Queensland,” he said via press release.
“Football is already the state’s largest participation sport, and with our game only continuing to grow in the wake of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ there has never been a better time to begin working towards a career in football.”
TAFE Queensland’s Academy Sport Manager Jesse O’Hara spoke of how this deal solidifies Queensland as the new frontier for football in Australia.
“Students are craving real world learning with tangible career outcomes, a style of learning that suits us naturally at TAFE Queensland. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 happening on our doorstep and the constant growth in football participation across the state, the football industry has never been stronger in Queensland,” he added via press release.
“We view this program as the ideal pathway for students looking to embark on their career with the football, and broader sports industry.”
This program is an exciting development for the growth of football not only in Queensland but also nationwide.
Through focusing its program on the development of the future administrators of the game, Football Queensland is helping to secure an efficient future for football in this country that is also one that is self-sufficient.
For students, this program will be a great pathway into real-world experience and coupling that with TAFE Queensland’s diploma-to-degree pathway, this will be a great step to help students keen to be involved in sport but unsure of how to gain both a qualification and industry experience while also keeping the door open to further study.
For those readers interested in participating in the scheme please visit https://tafeqld.edu.au/sportsacademy.