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New energy saving opportunities available to Queensland clubs

A statement from the Football Queensland can be found here:

The Federal Government Energy Efficient Communities Programme will soon offer grants of up to $12,500 for clubs that have been considering an Energy Efficient Project.

FQ encourages clubs interested in Energy Efficient Projects, such as installing solar panels and hot water, to make contact with their Federal Member and undertake initial planning such as sourcing quotes and communicating with their local Council to see if any approvals are required.

Eligible community organisations will be able to apply for grants from October 2019 to fund energy generation and storage projects.

Eligible businesses and applications for grants to fund other equipment upgrades and energy audits will open in early 2020.

Grants are available on a first come first served basis.

Find out more about the Energy Efficient Communities Programme here.

Additionally, FQ would like to make clubs aware of an opportunity to have a free review of their club’s waste, water and electricity usage through a State Government funded program called ecoBIZ.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s ecoBiz is a free program funded by the Queensland Government that helps not for profits and businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills.

Through this program, ecoBIZ helps community organisations and businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and can teach clubs how to save money through sustainability initiatives.

ecoBIZ coaches’ advice can help clubs develop and implement an action plan to help save money and increase efficiencies. ecoBIZ also gives the necessary support to help clubs and businesses track their usage across energy, water and waste.

Find out more and register for support here.

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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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