Football Queensland teams up with TAFE Queensland

Football Queensland have announced a new partnership with TAFE Queensland.

The partnership will support students completing a Diploma of Sport, giving them the opportunity to receive industry experience to prepare them for a career in professional sport.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci explained the benefits of the partnership and how the governing body would support the development of these students.

“TAFE Queensland is known for delivering practical, industry-relevant training for over 120,000 students annually, and we’re extremely excited to welcome them on board in what is set to be a valuable partnership for both organisations,” he said.

“By partnering with TAFE Queensland, Football Queensland will support the development of young students wanting to pursue a career in sport by providing internship opportunities focused on industry-relevant specialisations such as coaching or event management, sponsorship and marketing and compliance management among others.

“We’re confident that this partnership will create fantastic opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working in a professional sport environment here at Football Queensland, and we look forward to working with TAFE Queensland to help support the next wave of young sports professionals.”

TAFE Queensland Brisbane General Manager, Dr Paul Wilson, claimed Football Queensland would provide individuals with increased professional pathways for Academy Football Program students at the TAFE.

“For more than 137 years, TAFE Queensland has been delivering practical and industry-relevant training to equip students with the skills and experience they need to be job-ready and build lifelong careers,” he said. 

“TAFE Queensland prides itself on working with industry partners to ensure our training meets current and future employment demands. This partnership will give more Sports Academy Football students exposure to the professional side of the industry while they complete their qualification.   

“Graduates will also have the opportunity to work in professional football, attracting high quality players and support staff to the sport, while adding value to the game and improving the professionalism of the code in Queensland,” Dr Wilson concluded.

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.

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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