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Bid team extend help to youth

THE CQ NRL Bid has pledged its support to help foster the sporting talent emerging out Central Queensland schools with the announcement of Schools Program and an Education Foundation.

The announcement comes timely after only recently attending a CQ Bid function at Emerald’s McIndoe Park where a question was posed as to this very issue.

“We can’t tell you much at the moment, but we are working on it,” came the reply from CQ NRL CEO Denis Keeffe at the time.

Work they have, with the new undertaking set to take the CQ Bid team into new territory with the grants of five high school scholarships per year to disadvantaged youth in the CQ region.

“The scholarships will give these young central Queenslanders a great opportunity to pursue sporting and schooling excellence,” Keeffe said.

“It’s an opportunity, which in all likelihood, would not have been afforded to them because of their disadvantaged circumstances.

“The Education Foundation is a great initiative and QR National must be commended for providing the funding to make it happen.”

The QR National Education Foundation will provide five scholarships for students aged 12 -15 with disadvantaged circumstances who have shown potential and commitment to pursue excellence in sport and scholastic endeavours.

Scholarship holders will be given financial assistance with schooling, sporting and associated costs, as well as receive specialised mentoring from former NRL players who have originated from CQ.

The QR National Schools Program will involve the CQ NRL Bid visiting up to 120 primary schools in central Queensland with promotion of healthy, positive lifestyle choices for young people and a range of rugby league gear and coaching activities.

“The program will be flexible and endeavour to cater to the needs and wants of the primary schools in Central Queensland.

The Schools Program will incorporate rugby league coaching clinics to classes, promotions at assembly and assistance with fundraising activities for schools.

“It is really up to the individual school to determine where we can assist. We will also assist by promoting healthy and positive choices for students in and out of school,” Keeffe stated.


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