Football Queensland has today launched Protect Our Game, a new initiative designed to promote a positive environment and supportive behaviours within football in Queensland by playing a key role in the elimination of poor behaviour on and off the field.
“Football Queensland is committed to providing high-quality participation experiences for every person who is involved in our game, from players and referees on the pitch to the coaches, volunteers and spectators on the sideline and around our local clubs,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“We’re delighted to launch the Protect Our Game initiative today which aims to identify and eliminate acts of poor behaviour within our game by increasing education, awareness and individual responsibility within the football community.
“Football unites Queenslanders of all backgrounds, and each of us play a role in creating a positive, welcoming and safe environment for all participants.
“Football Queensland has already commenced the roll-out of the education aspect of the initiative in recent weeks, with digital content shared across the FQ channels designed to educate Queenslanders on the various Laws of the Game to provide a better understanding of the decisions being made by referees each week.
“A state-wide Protect Our Game round has also been introduced for the weekend of August 19 to 21 to raise further awareness of appropriate behaviours for participants both on and off the field.
“Football Queensland will be working closely with our clubs around the state to implement new Protect Our Game reporting and sanctioning measures over the coming weeks so that together we can deliver a positive and rewarding experience for everyone involved in our beautiful game.”
A range of resources will be developed for Queensland clubs to use in the promotion and implementation of the Protect Our Game initiative and will be housed on the Football Queensland website.