WELSH rugby league International and CQ Capras hooker Ian Webster has taken up a role with the Capras and CQ NRL Bid in a development role for both organisations.


Webster will run the CQ NRL Bid community engagement programs including the highly successful Aurizon Schools Program and the CQ NRL Bid Junior Development and Scholarship Programs.


Webster started in the role earlier this year and said he was enjoying his role and excited about the future.


It is a wonderful opportunity to work in rugby league and help to grow and develop the game, Webster said.


Personally for me I am excited about forging a career in rugby league development and possibly down the track in rugby league administration.


Capras & CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe said the programs were essential to the growth and promotion of the CQ NRL Bid.


Ian is doing an outstanding job visiting the schools and engaging in promotions, Keeffe said.


The CQ Capras and the CQ NRL Bid have a very strong allegiance now and it makes sense that we would pitch in together to promote development of rugby league in the region. We are eternally grateful for Aurizon for their support of the schools program.


The Aurizon Schools Program visits 150+ schools a year across Central Queensland promoting healthy lifestyles, anti-bullying, development reading skills and rugby league development.


CQ Capras & CQ NRL Bid Development Officer Ian Webster works in closely with local NRL development staff to deliver the programs to Central Queensland school kids.


The CQ NRL Bid Scholarship Programs provides three-way support for 10 Central Queensland boys who have shown potential in rugby league and suffer from some form of disadvantage.


The three-way support includes financial support for scholastic and sporting endeavours, player welfare education & mentoring from a former NRL player.


The CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Program is a highly innovative junior development program for 13-15 year olds across Central Queensland.


It is now in its third year and some big announcements regarding the program are set to be made early next week.