We all speak football at UQ-ICTE

The UQ-ICTE Football Club was established in 2005 with a small group of students prior to the inaugural English Australia (QLD) Challenge Cup football competition. Since then, it has grown to impact over 1000 students from all across the globe.

Set up with the intention of providing fun, fitness, and friendship, the UQ-ICTE Football Club provides a safe place for people to come together and share a common passion. All participants are encouraged to speak English and to get to know other people in their teams.

Paul Forster UQ-ICTE Football Club organiser and Academic Manager said that the team regularly has people who had never played football before, and even some semi-professional players. UQ-ICTE regularly competed in the annual English Australia (QLD) Challenge Cup competition winning the title four times (2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015). The competition finished in 2016.

“Football is ‘the world game’ and here at UQ-ICTE, the world comes together to make friends, and have fun.”

Student team organiser, Jer-shyan Hwa (Kevin)

Team organiser, Jer-shyan Hwa (Kevin) is originally from Taiwan and in his last year of UQ Engineering studies. He organises the UQ-ICTE Football team, along with tutoring in maths and working for a software company.

Kevin is regularly playing with the team on a Friday. They train in either the indoor UQ Sports Hall or outside on the synthetic field. Both Male and Female students can participate at any level and do not even need to know how to play to join the team.

Kevin said that, “meeting people helps building people’s confidence. The common language is football and this makes it easier to make friends.”

“I’ve heard of UQ-ICTE Football club members from Japan returning to their home country and staying in contact. The team has helped foster lifelong friends.”

It does not matter if you are a UQ-ICTE or UQ Student, come along most Friday afternoons from 2:00pm- 4:00pm, March – December. All you need are sports shoes (when playing inside) or shoes with moulded or nylon (not metal) studs (when playing outside), bottle of water, gym clothes and a good attitude!


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Last updated:
16 June 2021