THE GREATEST GAME OF ALL
From the moment we step on the field of play we can identify our starting point, pathway and destination.
Excellence, Inclusiveness, Courage and Teamwork define every step.
Our mission is simply to bring people together and enrich their lives.
One powerful statement encapsulates the aspirations and beliefs of all on our field: Rugby League – The Greatest Game of All.
It is a vision focussed on Rugby League being the most entertaining, most engaging and most respected sport.
Financial Strength, Reach, Profile and Community engagement allow us to reach out to new fans and new participants.
Participation is for boys, girls and adults looking for a fun, safe way to start with a ball or whistle in hand or for those who simply want to get active by taking part in skills clinics, non-contact and modified games.
Pathways is for those really looking to test their skills on and off the field through an unrivalled network of elite school, junior representative, metropolitan, country and state competitions.
Elite Clubs, Players and Competitions encompasses the Kangaroos, State of Origin, Telstra Premiership, Jillaroos, the Under 20s and the NSW and QLD Cups.
The Rugby League Family encompasses the men, women and children who take to our field as members, who cheer, watch, listen and volunteer and those who invest in the game.
This is a field where everyone is welcome to join and where nobody need ever leave.
From its modest beginnings with a meeting at the Railway Hotel in Brisbane's Roma Street in 1908, rugby league in Queensland has grown from strength to strength.
Driving the game’s growth is the Queensland Rugby League, an organisation steeped in tradition. The QRL is governed by a nine member Board chaired by Bruce Hatcher. In recent times, the League has displayed its ability to adapt and meet the demands of a changing landscape through an extensive review of its Governance structure. Positive outcomes have been achieved through the recent restructuring of Divisions and the positioning of Independent Directors on the Board.
Importantly, the QRL continues to employ more and more people on the “ground”. These key appointments at Local League level and in the Game Development field are assisting with the game’s growth throughout Queensland.
The formation of one national body - the Australian Rugby League Commission - is providing greater efficiency across the game. The QRL continues to administer the game in Queensland but the League now has the assistance of the Commission and the valuable resources it can provide under the direction of inaugural chairman John Grant, a former Queensland representative player.
Put simply, it is an exciting time to be involved in rugby league. In 2013, there were more than 45,000 registered juniors and 15,000 registered seniors. Never before have so many exciting pathways been available for participants. Junior players can aspire to win selection in Queensland Academy of Sport squads and numerous representative teams under the QRL umbrella. In recent times, the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups, along with the FOGS competitions, have provided the platform for talented players to progress through to Intrust Super Cup and National Rugby League clubs.
The QRL’s flagship team, the Queensland Maroons, is the pinnacle for many players. In 2013, the Maroons won an incredible eighth-straight State of Origin series.
One of the great strengths of rugby league in Queensland is its volunteer network. From coaches and trainers to presidents and secretaries, volunteers form the backbone of the game right throughout the State. This network is supported by staff from the QRL’s Milton-based Head Office, along with the League’s three Divisions – South East, Northern and Central.
The QRL takes great pride in its ability to support grassroots rugby league and connect with local people. Origin Fan Days are held annually in regional areas and club and representative matches are regularly taken to outback and remote towns. This commitment and reach, coupled with the popularity of the Maroons in the Origin arena, has enabled the QRL to attract significant sponsorship that is ultimately reinvested into rugby league’s development.
Role of the Queensland Rugby League
The Constitution of the Queensland Rugby Football League Limited specifies its primary objectives are to:
- Be the single controlling body and administrator of the game in Queensland
- Foster, develop, extend and govern the game from junior and school division to elite levels
- Provide for Statewide Competitions, Divisions, Local Leagues and like bodies
- Organise, foster and conduct the Statewide Competitions, representative teams and representative programs; develop, administer and amend the Code of Conduct in relation to officials, players and participants.
- Promote and encourage either directly or indirectly the physical, cultural and intellectual welfare of all persons in the community and in particular, the Rugby League community in Queensland; and promote and encourage either directly or indirectly sport and recreation, particularly Rugby League football, in the interests of the social welfare of all persons.