Football Queensland is delighted to launch Be23Ready, an exciting new initiative designed to help Queensland clubs create more inclusive and welcoming environments for female participants.
The launch of the Be23Ready initiative coincides with today’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ One Year to Go milestone which was celebrated at Brisbane Stadium this morning with representatives from Football Queensland and Football Australia, Queensland Government, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ team and young Queensland players.
“The biggest global women’s sporting event coming to our shores in 2023 represents a huge opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for our game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Football Queensland has recorded significant growth in female participation over the last two years, and with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ on the horizon there has never been a more crucial time to develop pathways and opportunities for even more women and girls to join our game.
“With participation numbers continuing to surge in the lead-up to the tournament, the Be23Ready initiative has been designed to equip clubs across the state with the tools to build more positive, welcoming and inclusive environments for female participants across all areas.”
“Football Queensland is committed to supporting our clubs at all levels of the game to not only prepare for an increase in female participation, but also to deliver high quality experiences for all club members to ensure we keep women and girls engaged in our game,” FQ Manager – Participation Women and Girls Kate Lawson said.
“As part of Be23Ready, we’re providing all clubs in Queensland with a Club Assessment Resource designed to help them identify areas for improvement and create an environment for female participants to thrive.
“To assist clubs in the completion of the resource, we will be delivering a series of Be23Ready webinars and are planning an FQ Club Road Trip to provide further on-the-ground support to clubs including tailored gender equity training.
“Football Queensland is also urging every club across the state to nominate a passionate club member to be their Women & Girls Ambassador to drive the club’s progress and work closely with FQ in the lead-up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.
“We’re excited to support our club members through this process as we work together to help our clubs across Queensland Be23Ready.”
A suite of Be23Ready graphics and templates for clubs are available in FQ’s Club Marketing Portal, including a social media tile to encourage applications for the Women & Girls Ambassador role.