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Football Queensland’s Walktober events support Walking Football

Walktober

Football Queensland have announced the launch of Walktober as an initiative to encourage social connection through sport.

Walktober will see a series of five Walking Football events take place across the month of October with inclusion and encouragement at the forefront.

The announcement of Walktober is a timely one, with repeated lockdowns across the state affecting so many throughout Queensland and Australia as a whole. Football is a social sport that can be a significant tool in reintegrating and reconnecting with others.

Walktober will include two Carnivals for existing players and three social Come & Try Carnivals for new participants to experience football in a welcoming, non-competitive environment.

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci cited Walktober as a month-long event that encourages people of all ages, cultures and abilities to get involved in the game.

“Walking Football is a modified version of the game played on reduced sized fields, suitable for all players no matter their ability or experience,” Cavallucci said.

“The low-impact nature of Walking Football allows participants to remain active and engaged with football without worrying about the speed of the game or the chances of suffering an injury.

“In keeping with the ‘Social Connections’ theme of Seniors Month in October, Walktober will use football, the state’s most popular team sport, to encourage active lifestyles and teamwork amongst Queenslanders.

“Football Queensland will host Walking Football Carnivals for both experienced players and newcomers to the sport in Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Cavallucci went on to reflect further on the buzz that has been generated by Walking Football across the state and the events that are set to follow through Walktober.

“Walktober will be followed by the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November, which will include Walking Football for the first time,” Cavallucci added.

“We have already seen great engagement in our Walking Football programs from Queenslanders of all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds, and we encourage everyone to assemble a team and sign up for a Walktober event.”

Football Queensland’s State Coaching Conference to return

Football Queensland has confirmed details of the State Coaching Conference, which will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Football Queensland has confirmed the return of their State Coaching Conference, which will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on Sunday, February 6, 2022. 

Hosted at the UQ St Lucia campus, the conference will bring together coaches from across Queensland and will feature guest speakers to deliver a combination of theoretical and practical sessions. 

FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer, views the 2022 State Coaching Conference as a per welcome coaches from all levels of the game. 

“Following the success of the International Football Coaching Conference Australia (IFCCA) held in 2019, Football Queensland is delighted to once again deliver a fantastic development and learning opportunity for coaches with the conference to be held in February,” Ganczer said. 

“The 2022 State Coaching Conference will welcome coaches from across Queensland, with attendees to receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points and benefit from opportunities to network with fellow coaches and guest speakers in attendance. 

“Whether you’re just starting out on your coaching journey or are on the advanced coaching pathway, the State Coaching Conference will be a great way to prepare for the 2022 season.”  

Early bird registrations for the 2022 State Coaching Conference are now open. Click here to secure your spot now. 

KEY INFORMATION 

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Venue: University of Queensland St Lucia Campus, Brisbane
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: If purchased before Tuesday, 11 January (early bird offer) – $120
*If purchased after Tuesday, 11 January – $140 

Get your delegate pass here.

Football Queensland’s 2022 State Referee Conference announced

Football Queensland has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Football Queensland (FQ) has outlined details for the 2022 State Referee Conference, which will be held at the Logan Entertainment Centre on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6 next year. 

In a two-day event, the conference will welcome a variety of referees covering all levels of the game, and will feature an Assessor Seminar as a main focus for the second day.

“Football Queensland is delighted to invite match officials from across the state to join us for the upcoming State Referee Conference, which is always a highlight of the football calendar for all Queensland referees,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said. 

“Regardless of whether you’re just starting out on your refereeing journey or an established match official in the NPL Queensland, the conference is a great development opportunity and a chance to socialise with the wider refereeing community. 

“The 2021 State Referee Conference saw referees from all levels of the game come together ahead of the season to hear from guest presenters including Football Australia Head of Referees Nathan Magill. 

“Next year’s event will follow a similar structure, with guest presenters joining us for sessions on day one before the Assessor Seminar on day two will welcome assessors and any referees who wish to mentor in 2022. 

“We look forward to seeing match officials from across Queensland join us for next year’s State Referee Conference ahead of the 2022 season.” 

Further information on guest speakers and topics will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Register for the 2022 State Referee Conference here. 

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