Townsville’s Home of Football gets fresh naming rights

Townsville Home of Football

Football Queensland have bolstered the growth of football in the Northern Region, announcing a partnership renewal with Paradise Outdoor Advertising.

The decision will instigate several significant investments in the game, and see the company become the official rights partner for Brolga Park in Townsville, the region’s home of football, as the facility is set to be renamed Paradise Park.

Paradise Outdoor Advertising (or POA) was founded in 1983 in Airlie Beach in Queensland’s Whitsunday region. Four decades on, it has since grown to become Australia’s largest regional outdoor advertising company. Now based in Townsville, the main business hub for Northern Queensland, the company continues to be a family operated business. POA’s billboard locations span across the state, from the coast to its innermost regions, in over 1400 locations and seen by more than 11 million sets of eyes every day.

POA are among the few outdoor advertising companies that complete all their work “in-house”, from graphic design to construction, to the maintenance of the advertisement sites themselves. The company’s strategic focus centres on building long-term relationships with stakeholders, continuous improvement of their processes and systems and adding value to their customers and clients. Most recently, POA has become a pioneer in the digital advertising space, developing advertising signs that work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at Queensland’s regional airports and shopping precincts.

Football Queensland General Manager for the Northern Region, Declan Carnes, said via press release:

“We look forward to seeing the continued growth of football in Northern Queensland, particularly in the women and girls’ space whilst we prepare for a huge year of football with the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. With over 4000 registered participants in the region, we see this partnership as an amazing opportunity for our game.”

CEO of Paradise Outdoor Advertising, Mitch James, added via press release:

“POA is celebrating its 40th year of business. We’re a local Townsville family business, and we’re delighted to continue our community involvement with this partnership with Football Queensland. Junior Sport is dear to us, and its great to be involved at a grass-roots level. Paradise Park is an expression of our support of Townsville and its strong engagement with football.”

As Townsville’s Home of Football, Paradise Park will play a key role in participation leading into the Women’s World Cup. Home to other sporting codes, such as basketball, cricket and hockey to name a few, it is a great hub for people to train and play competitively.

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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