Football Queensland (FQ) Wide Bay wishes to thank the club representatives who contributed to strategic planning for 2021 and beyond during last weekend’s workshops in Childers.
The two consultation sessions centred on outlining and discussing proposed competition structure reforms and the increased focus on strengthening participation opportunities and pathways for women and girls in the Wide Bay region.
“It was great to have so many club committee members, players, volunteers and Football Queensland representatives contributing to the thoughtful discussion around the plans we are putting in place to move the game forward,” FQWB President Tony Trace said.
“The Competitions Workshop enabled us to understand the current competitions landscape throughout Wide Bay, as well as present and gain feedback on the proposed structure for 2021, capturing everyone from MiniRoos and juniors through to seniors.
“Our mission is to develop models that not only improve the overall experience for all players, coaches and referees, but which can also adapt and evolve in future years as participation grows ensuring that each competition is tailored specifically for the Wide Bay region.
“The next step for us is to review and consider everything that came out of the consultation sessions and the written feedback Wide Bay clubs are supplying.
“Once that process is complete, we will be able to restructure the 2021 competition model and share the finalised version with the community by December 18, with a feedback phase for the Rules of Competition to follow in January.”
The second session, the Women & Girls Workshop, involved FQ’s Women & Girls Participation Manager Kerry Hamersley, who helped lead discussions on supporting female participation, understanding the barriers for women and girls to play football along with how we can work together to increase participation and build inclusive and welcoming environments for women and girls.
“This is extremely important and a huge focus within FQ’s Strategic Plan,” Region General Manager Andy Allan said.
“Every decision that is made at the moment recognises that we as a game have to prioritise women and girls, even more so now that Australia and New Zealand have secured hosting rights for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“In Wide Bay, we have to constantly look at what we can do to grow female participation and the pathways and experiences we are providing.
“The workshop gave plenty of good ideas related to bringing more girls into the game and keeping them engaged with football.
“The introduction of the Talent Support Program (TSP) and Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) programs are essential to achieving that from the perspective of participation and pathways.
“Developing female-friendly facilities is another key area for us to focus on, and it is great that the Wide Bay clubs are committed to fully embracing the potential of women and girls.”
Thank you again to everyone who shared their valuable insights and feedback and participated in the day.