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 allocated projects/activities depending on the skills they possess and their experience with a person with a disability. With the current social distancing restrictions being enforced, all BPFP volunteer work can be completed remotely. BPFP will also make all attempts to allow student to use their area of studies to benefit any participant of the BPFP. A knowledge of football/soccer or sport is not a prerequisite but we do hope to offer football coaching clinics later in 2020 for all volunteers for those that are interested. It is very important that all volunteers enjoy their participation and are able to use the skills they are learning.

Note for Occupational Therapy students undertaking unit OTHY204: This opportunity meets your unit requirements.


  • Current Blue Card
  • Complete the BPFP Volunteer Registration form (and upload upon application via InPlace)
  • Clear colour photograph (headshot) of yourself to provide to the BPFP upon initial connection via email
  • Registration with PlayFootball (BPFP will provide details)
  • When attending a BPFP program 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.
  • Also, please wear appropriate enclosed footwear and a hat when attending.

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 normally 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. 

Please note that, BPFP sessions are currently suspended whilst social distancing restrictions are enforced. Recommencement will be notified via the BPFP Facebook page.


Permission to complete this opportunity as a substitute or supplement for a community engagement placement must be granted by your lecturer in charge. Please speak with your lecturer in charge to ensure this task meets the requirements of your studies.

All applications are processed through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to the guide on the Student Portal.

Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

  • You fulfil the position requirements
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required
  • Your availability complies with the operating dates and times
  • You are able to work from home using telephone and video meetings
  • You have read the relevant ACU policies and procedures (Login to Student Portal)

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.

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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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ACU's policies and procedures aim to keep both you and the communities you interact with legally, physically and ethically safe. It is a requirement of all community engagement placements that you read these policies prior to commencement.

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