The Northern Division of the Queensland Rugby League will host their annual Summer Camp at James Cook University Townsville, from Monday, December 15 to Friday, December 19, 2014.

This camp has become a perennial highlight of the Northern Division rugby league diary with strong relationships between the Division, North Queensland Cowboys and NRL Development formed over the camp’s 28 year history.

Further confirming the camp’s status as one of the best in the game, this year will see a strong presence from the latest Intrust Super Cup expansion team the Townsville Blackhawks.

Almost 200 children from all over North Queensland, Northern Territory, the Central Highlands, Mount Isa and the Torres Strait have enrolled, ensuring full capacity will be reached.

The attendance list will be the largest on record for QRL Northern Division, with a program including:

·         21 level 2 Coaching accreditation attendees
·         10 Level 2 First Aid accreditation attendees
·         QRL and NRL Development personnel
·         Local clubs and Leagues from right across the North

All Level 2 coaches and some camp staff will attend an educational day at 1300SMILES Stadium on Sunday, December 14.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green and assistant coaches Jason Demetriou and David Furner will share their wisdom and technical advice with the coaches; providing invaluable experience for these enthusiastic participants. 

Northern Pride’s new coach Joe O’ Callaghan will join Mackay Cutters mentor Kim Williams in providing lectures to the aspiring Level 2 coaches over the weekend prior to the camp, while inaugural Townsville Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf will also provide presentations and lectures throughout the duration of the camp.

QRL Northern Division would like to thank the NQ Cowboys, Northern Pride, Mackay Cutters and the Townsville Blackhawks for their contributions to the camp and grassroots of the game. Nowhere else in the game will aspiring coaches be exposed to such a high level of training, education and rugby league experience.

A great example of the wonderful working relationships between these organisations will be on display when the Cowboys host the whole camp at a training session during the week. Players, coaches and staff will be invited to observe a full training session, followed by an opportunity to meet and engage with the players.

In another highlight for the week, the Blackhawks squad will work with the QRL Camp Development Squad with an opposed session planned for Thursday at 5.30pm.  This will present a unique opportunity for these development players aged 16 and 17 to run their plays against an impressive group of players made up of Townsville local competition, along with former and future NRL players.

The Blackhawks players will also be visiting the camp during the week to share their knowledge of the game.

Media are invited to join us throughout the camp to report on a fantastic opportunity for all involved with the game of rugby league at the QRL Summer Camp.

For further information, contact:
Scott Nosworthy
(Division Manager - Queensland Rugby League Northern Division)
4771 6166 or 0419 688 691
s.nosworthy@qrl.com.au