Football Queensland (FQ) has delivered football programs that have seen almost 9,000 students getting active through the Sporting Schools program in recent months, with 89 schools from across the state engaged for Term 3 programs.
Applications for Term 4 funding are open until Friday, 4 September and schools will have the opportunity to deliver programs tailored to their needs with FQ’s support.
“We made it clear in FQ’s Strategic Plan that we would prioritise opportunities to engage with schools throughout Queensland and Sporting Schools has been an excellent program for us to get kids active across the state and drive ongoing participation and a love of the game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Uniting football in Queensland means bringing all facets of the game together and pointed in the same direction to deliver high-quality experiences for everyone involved, even with the challenges presented to us this year with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over the past six months, our participation team has worked closely with Football Federation Australia to create a sustainable teacher-delivered Sporting Schools option.
“The response was strong with 17 schools electing to run a teacher-delivered program during Term 3, extending our statewide reach to 89 schools in total and 8,877 participants ranging from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast.
“I encourage all Queensland schools to take up the funding opportunities on offer before the Term 4 application window closes on Friday.”
Laura Bryant, FQ Participation Officer – Schools, said football was a versatile and easy-to-deliver option for schools within the $240 million Australian Government initiative.
“Each Sporting Schools program is tailored to the individual school’s request,” Bryant said.
“The Queensland teachers we have engaged with have done amazingly well with all the hurdles they have faced in what has been a challenging 2020.
“The majority of Sporting Schools football programs this term have still been delivered by our endorsed coaching team during school PE lessons, as well as before and after school.
“Our coaches have done a wonderful job ensuring all children who participate in a Sporting Schools program have a smile on their face in a fun and inclusive environment.”
Applications for Sporting Schools Term 4 funding close at 8pm this Friday, 4 September.