Football Queensland (FQ) has today released the 2021 FQ Services Guide – Investing in the Future of Football, detailing where and how FQ delivers investment in the game by focusing on four key areas outlined in FQ’s 2020–2022 Strategic Plan: Clubs & Community, Participation, Infrastructure, and Leadership & People.
“With 313 clubs and over 180,000 participants, football in Queensland is operating on an enormous scale and the FQ Services Guide demonstrates just how FQ is delivering for its members and unlocking the opportunity in the game, increasing the number of participants, referees and coaches with services, programs, knowledge and support across all areas,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Aligned with FQ’s Strategic Plan, the Investment Guide sets out the range of programs and services that FQ delivers that support and underpin the growth of football, both at a strategic level and on a day-to-day operational basis.
“The Club Support Hub now provides a single destination for Queensland clubs to easily access marketing guides, retention and recruitment strategies, graphic design assistance, and promotional material for coach and referee courses.
“It’s terrific to see the Queensland football community embracing new tools such as the graphic assistance resource which is making it easier for club administrators and volunteers to promote what is happening in their own clubs using unified branding.
“Our vision is to unite football in Queensland. To that end, we are focused on making our game more accessible and providing opportunities for all Queenslanders to join our football family through the delivery of all forms of football including Futsal, Walking Football, Masters Football and Summer Football, as well as specific competitions and programs including the multicultural-focused Q-League.
“Our commitment to supporting referees has seen new investment in the recruitment and appointment of Referee Coach and Development Officers in seven of the 10 Queensland zones. These officers will support the delivery of referee education and initiatives. In 2020 alone, FQ delivered 67 referee development courses to more than 900 participants.
“As the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup approaches, FQ recognises that women and girls are integral to the growth of the game. FQ continues to strengthen participation opportunities for our female participants through initiatives such as the 2021 Kappa Women’s Super Cup, which kicked off in the first weekend of March.
“The Kappa Women’s Super Cup unites the state through football, allowing clubs from three conferences – North, Central and South East – the opportunity to mix it with the best NPL Women’s clubs. This unique knockout competition, along with the Kappa Festival of Football, provides aspiration for players at all levels of the game.
“We are also excited by the establishment of the Women’s Working Group, which will be chaired by FQ Board Member and former Matilda Amy Chapman. The Working Group will bring together experienced members of the football community from across the state to grow, promote and develop the women’s game at all levels.
“At the advanced level, we have seen the successful rollout of the inaugural Kappa Festival of Football. The three-day football extravaganza showcased the state’s top male and female talent, with matches played against New South Wales Men’s and Women’s teams and Brisbane Roar’s A-League and Westfield W-League sides.
“Football Queensland is committed to investing in the game to build a brighter future for football across the state, and we remain focused on improving our standard of service delivery and the value we provide to the football community.
“By doing so, we will be able to support the growth of the game as we work towards the key targets outlined in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.”