Sporting Schools program stimulates football participation growth in Queensland

QLD Football youths

Football Queensland’s implementation and delivery of Sporting Schools programs across the state has successfully reached over 7,000 students.

The Sporting Schools program is designed to encourage participants to connect with community sporting organisations and to improve physical activity for students.

After a strong showing of interest from schools, 60 football programs were implemented in Term 1 of 2021, leading to a 12% increase in Sporting Schools participant numbers compared to Term 1 last year.

Football Queensland’s Officer for Schools Participation, Laura Bryant, was delighted at the success of the program so far.

“The response is really encouraging as it shows football is becoming more popular in schools for both boys and girls,” she said.

“Sporting Schools is Australia’s largest school-based sports participation program and FQ is proud to be the provider for football programs in Queensland with support from Football Australia.”

Term 2 has seen over 100 Sporting Schools football programs approved for delivery in Term 2, while applications have opened for Term 3 funding.

“With applications now open for Term 3 program funding, we’d encourage Queensland schools to apply to deliver a football program for their students,” Bryant said.

“It’s a great introductory program designed to help kids begin their football journeys in a safe and supportive environment.

“FQ’s participation team has worked closely with Football Australia to create a sustainable teacher-delivered program.

“The coaches we have chosen from FQ have done an excellent job helping students who are interested in playing football and have been working hard to ensure the programs are fun, engaging and educational for young players.”

Football Queensland Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci acknowledged the importance that this opportunity presents for football’s growth in the state.

“Sporting Schools has been a valuable opportunity for us to encourage children to be active across the state and drive ongoing participation in football, in line with our strategic commitment to engaging with schools throughout Queensland,” he said.

“Uniting football in Queensland means bringing all facets of the game together while delivering high-quality experiences for everyone involved, even with the challenges presented to us with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Sporting Schools program has been a fantastic example of this in action.”

With the support of quality resources and educational programs, Bryant said she hopes students across the state will be able to continue developing their skills.

“FQ wants as many Queensland primary schools as possible to have the opportunity to offer the best football programs for their students,” she explained.

“We are focused on providing students with a safe and supportive environment to grow in a sport they love.”

Applications for Sporting Schools Term 3 funding are open until 8pm on Friday, June 4.

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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