Sunshine Coast to receive first ever B Diploma Course from Football Queensland


Football Queensland will deliver the Sunshine Coast’s first ever Football Australia/AFC B Diploma course throughout 2022 and 2023.

Commencing in August at Buderim Wanderers FC, the course will be held over four in-person blocks which will be split across two venues, Buderim Wanderers FC and Maroochydore FC, in addition to four online sessions.

“Football Queensland is delighted to confirm the details of the region’s first ever B Diploma course in a major step for coach development on the Sunshine Coast,” FQ General Manager – Central Coast Region Andy Allan said via the FQ press release.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates FQ’s commitment to providing more development opportunities for coaches at all levels, not only to improve the experience for our participants but to support the growth of the game throughout the state.

“The delivery of the first B Diploma course on the Sunshine Coast is an exciting milestone for our region and for our local coaches who now have a fantastic opportunity to gain even more skills and experience.”

FQ Senior Manager – Club Development, Talent & Coaching (Central Coast), Alec Wilson added via press release.

“Football Queensland is looking forward to further expanding our delivery of coaching courses throughout the regions with the confirmation of a B Diploma course for Sunshine Coast participants.”

“The delivery of the course provides a valuable opportunity for local coaches who have previously completed their C Diploma to take the next step on the coaching pathway, so we’d encourage all coaches who are interested in progressing their development to register for the upcoming B Diploma course.”

View the dates of the Sunshine Coast B Diploma course below.

Register for the course here.

In-Person Blocks
Block 1
August 26, 27, 28 2022
Buderim Wanderers FC

Block 2
February 10, 11, 12 2023
Buderim Wanderers FC

Block 3
April 14, 15, 16 2023
Maroochydore FC

Block 4
July 14, 15, 16 2023
Maroochydore FC

Online Modules
October 11, 25 2022
November 9 2022
December 5 2022

Sydney FC’s vision to expand its influence in Asia through coaching

Sydney FC is currently on a mission to expand its influence across Asia, with a dedicated focus on nurturing young talent and empowering coaches in the region.

Head of Academy Nick Susko and Head of Fan Engagement Howard Fondyke are currently in Singapore running coaching clinics and coach education sessions with the country’s rising stars.

During their visit, Susko and Fondyke engaged with a diverse group of ages and genders, working closely with over 160 boys and girls over the past week.

In addition to their coaching roles, Fondyke also was a guest speaker at SportsPro’s Conference at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, where he shared the club’s fan engagement strategy to a network of interested local business leaders.

Fondyke also touched on Sydney FC’s innovative strategy to build relationships and connections amongst the football community in Asia by completing these coaching clinics and familiarising people in the continent with the club in the hopes to expand as a brand on top of their view to nurture more talent.

Recently, the club appointed Ferrari Australasian president Dr. Jan Hendrik Voss to the clubs board of directors where he discussed in an interview about the specific vision to expand the club’s brand internationally.

The SportsPro event was one of many that the club will involve themselves in to try and connect with the international business community, so there is good reason to expect some more international partnerships and collaborations in the near future.

Starting in Asia is a good initial plan considering the club will return to Asian football through its AFC Champions League 2 qualification.

On the pitch success at that tournament will go hand in hand with its business ventures and the club seeks to build upon its $450,000 it has earned through qualifying for the group stages.

It’s an initiative that shows the commitment the Sky Blues have with fostering football talent outside of the Australian border but also underscores its role as a global ambassador for the sport.

Sydney FC remain a leader in this space in Australian football, making strides in Asia with a vision to expand further and providing valuable football education to young talent through their elite coaching set up.

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