Football Queensland (FQ) is proud to launch the Football Foundation Queensland.
The mission of the Football Foundation Queensland is to make football in Queensland as inclusive and accessible as possible by providing opportunities, creating community connections and supporting the growth of football participation from grassroots.
The Foundation’s work will focus on strengthening five key pillars: Every Income, Every Gender, Every Ability, Every Background and Every Indigenous Queenslander.
“We have established the Football Foundation Queensland as part of our commitment to continually grow football in this state, making football a sport for all Queenslanders,” FQ board member Ben Richardson said.
“Donations and fundraising for the Foundation will focus on the development of inclusive football programs through the five key pillars.”
The opening round of National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland competition each year will now feature the Football Foundation Shield match, contested by the reigning NPL Queensland Premiers and the newly-promoted Premiers of the previous season’s Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) competition.
In Round 1 of the 2019 season, Lions FC and Peninsula Power will contest the Football Foundation Shield on Saturday, 2 February at Lions Stadium, Richlands.
“We’re delighted to launch the Football Foundation Queensland and see it come to life in early 2019 with the Football Foundation Shield,” FQ Chief Executive Officer Richard Griffiths said.
“With the support of our football family, we know the Foundation will be a success with the Football Foundation Shield match becoming an important annual event on the football calendar.
“We encourage all Queenslanders who care about our game to consider making a donation to help the development of football in our state.”
To support the Football Foundation, donations can be made via the Football Foundation Queensland ASF page. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
THE FIVE PILLARS OF THE FOOTBALL FOUNDATION QUEENSLAND
Every Income – Providing children from low-income families in Queensland with opportunities pursue their football dreams, regardless of affordability and socio-economic status.
Every Gender – Delivering innovative programs for female players, coaches and referees in Queensland.
Every Ability – Making football more accessible to more young footballers and families living with physical and/or intellectual and development disabilities across the state.
Every Background – Connecting football to families and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), refugee and migrant backgrounds in Queensland.
Every Indigenous Queenslander – Strongly supporting Indigenous Queenslanders to participate in football as players, coaches, referees and administrators.