Football Queensland (FQ) is pleased to announce the launch of a road trip to promote Walking Football and futsal, with free sessions to be held in several locations in Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
The seven-day road trip will begin on Monday, 10 May in Bundaberg and conclude on Monday, 17 May in Gladstone, with various community activations scheduled in Hervey Bay, Emerald and Rockhampton.
“This is another example of FQ’s commitment to delivering high-quality, accessible participation experiences, regardless of age, gender, location or cultural background,” said FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci.
“We are determined to grow football across the entire state by providing all Queenslanders with the opportunity to try different forms of the game, such as futsal and Walking Football.”
FQ Officer – Walking Football, Alan Templeton said he was eager to promote the modified form of the game in the regions.
“It has been fantastic to see the popularity and growth of Walking Football here in Queensland,” said Templeton.
“Following the success of the recent Walking Football tournament in Brisbane, this trip is all about spreading awareness of this form of football so that Queenslanders of all ages and fitness levels can continue playing the game they love.
“Walking Football is a great way for Queenslanders to stay fit, develop balance and strength, improve reaction times and build self-esteem and social connectedness.”
Templeton will be accompanied on the road trip by FQ Officer – Futsal, Trevor Edwards, who will deliver school sessions and conduct community consultation meetings.
“Futsal is fast, fun and exciting and we want to make sure that all Queenslanders have access to the sport,” said Edwards.
“We know that kids who get involved in futsal turbo-charge their skill development and become better footballers as well, so that’s why we will be engaging with schools and clubs throughout Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
“Futsal has historically been focused on metropolitan areas, so this trip is a great opportunity to expand and develop the game in the regions in line with our strategic objective to grow all forms of football throughout Queensland.”