Football Queensland leader reveals future vision of CQ game
The Football Queensland Central Coast general manager had his say on the state of play for football in Queensland throughout 2021.
Andy Allan is no stranger to holding important positions at Australian football organisations, starting his career in football with the Brisbane Roar in 2012, before joining Football Queensland in 2018.
With an enviable CV including stints with teams and associations including Football Federation Australia, Allen said his new role at FQ was his most immersive yet.
Hailing from Brighton on England's southern coast, Allen took time out of his busy schedule Tuesday to speak about his footballing journey.
"I was only at Football Australia as the national junior participation manager for around eight months before coming back to Football Queensland in a general manager capacity," Allen said. ," Allen said.
"I oversee football activities in Wide Bay and Central Queensland, essentially streamlining our administration model of the game to make it more efficient and reduce fees," he said.
"There is a lot of duplication within the administrative processes of football clubs across my area and we need to streamline that duplication and grow participation."
Allan said his main objective for 2021 was to, among other things, streamline governance and administration and create a sustainable model to grow participation.
"What that might look like in Central Queensland is our community engagement officers being seen in and around the football scene," Allan said.
"Their positions have been created to support the growth and development of the game whilst enhancing our engagement as a sport within schools and other centres to make sure we are getting the brand of football out there."
Allan said success for Football Queensland in the Central Queensland region looked like players and administrators smiling while watching and playing the sport.
"The game having a positive and vibrant culture and growth, retention and recruitment of the game are all very important to me too," he said.
"Also, creating a life cycle for those older players who are retiring and seeing if there is a way we can keep them playing like walking football or give them an administrative role."
Allen said people should jump into football in 2021 by finding their nearest club.
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