From the managing director
Those with long experiences in the game have their own unique story to share, whether it be as a player, coach, referee, volunteer, administrator or fan.
When I pause to reflect on my own involvement, I find it particularly satisfying when I think about the community aspect of the game.
In short, no other sport in Queensland brings people together like rugby league. It’s a very special trait the game has; and one that makes you immensely proud when you visit remote and regional communities during feature rounds like ‘Get in the Game’ Country Week.
Here at the QRL, we’re proud of the fact that we are here to shape the delivery of the game. This includes many facets, from upskilling coaches and volunteers, to how the game is marketed, promoted, consumed and enjoyed across the state.
Like all sports, rugby league faces its challenges as society evolves.
Some of these challenges are extremely exciting; and if I had to nominate one that fits in this category right now, it would undoubtedly be the opportunities that exist to capitalise on the extraordinary growth in female participation.
I look forward to working with our partners, participants, players, coaches and volunteers to support the growth of the female game for many years to come.
In a short period of time, we have made some strong advancements, however there is a lot of work still to be done.
Improving the work-life balance of our female stars, as well as their remuneration and access to welfare and professional development services, are key targets moving forward.
In closing, it is heartening to see so many people involved in our sport. Our wish is for this participation base to grow, not just on the field, but off it as well.
For this to happen, it is important that we come together and take the time to understand our vision for the future.
This vision is outlined in this 2020 – 2022 Female Strategy document, which I strongly encourage you to explore and share with your network as we embark on delivering our strategic priorities together.