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.