The Brisbane Paralympic Football Program (BPFP) commenced operations in 2006, initially offering a welcoming community for children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy to engage in football games, drills and training. Over the past twelve years BPFP has continued to flourish and evolve, welcoming children and young adults of all abilities who have a diagnosis of any disability.

BPFP is run entirely through the support of dedicated volunteers and program founder Jay Larkins, who work collaboratively to enhance the participation of young individuals with a disability to participate in the meaningful leisure pursuit of football, facilitating their social participation, health and wellbeing. The BPFP is fully supported and endorsed by Football QLD and The Queensland Christian Soccer Association.

The role

Volunteers are placed into areas/activities depending on their experience with a person with a disability. If the volunteer is a student studying in a specific area such as Occupational Therapy, all attempts are made to allow that student to use their studies to benefit any participant of the BPFP. Football coaching clinics are available in 2019 for all volunteers, as we realise that not all volunteers have a knowledge of football/soccer or sport. It is very important that all volunteers enjoy their participation and are able to use the skills they are learning.


  • Current Blue Card
  • Complete the BPFP Volunteer Registration form (provided upon applying)
  • Clear colour photograph (headshot) of yourself to provide to the BPFP upon initial connection via email
  • Registration with PlayFootball (BPFP will provide details)
  • It is requested that ACU students wear ACU shirts related to their course. BPFP shirts are available at a discounted rate of $20 (please inquire). If any student requires a shirt and the cost is a barrier, please contact the ACU Engagement team.
  • Wear appropriate enclosed footwear and a hat

When and where

Programs are run in various locations from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast.

Westside Grovely Football Club: Hanran Street, Keperra 4054

The BPFP runs in line with the QLD school terms throughout the year.

Sessions start at 1.30pm for Seniors and Intermediate Squads.

Sessions start at 2.00pm for Juniors and Mini Squads.

All Squads finish at 3.00pm. 


There are 100 places available.

All applications are processed through InPlace.

Before applying for this opportunity, ensure:

Once satisfied that you comply with the above, click on the ‘Apply now’ button below and you will be taken to the InPlace webpage to process your application.

For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to the guide and video links below:

Student Reference Guide (PDF, 1.2MB)
ACU InPlace - Student Navigation
ACU InPlace - Document Upload

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If you are experiencing any issues with InPlace or have questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement:


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