The Rockhampton & District Junior Rugby League Under 14 Headspace Charity Shield Carnival will be held in Rockhampton on Friday April 1-2 (this is the middle weekend of the Easter School Holidays).

Download the carnival nomination form and rules here

Next year, the 9-a-side carnival enters its fifth year and has a new message to promote.

The Rockhampton Junior League has always promoted a strong community message for the children and all that have attended, beginning with “Positive or it’s Pointless” before embracing “dream, believe, achieve” in more recent years.

In 2016, the new message will be “you are never too tough to talk to a mate”.

This new message is in line with the carnival’s new naming charity partner Headspace Rockhampton.

The carnival will have ambassadors speaking to each team during the carnival about the message. The organisers are pleased to announce former NRL, State of Origin and Test players including PJ Marsh (NRL Ambassador), Matt Sing, Jason Hetherington, Jamie Simpson and Justin Loomans have come on board to support the cause.

Headspace Rockhampton centre manager Stephen Simpson said the organisation were “pleased to be involved with a carnival that promotes healthy positive messages to our young people involved”.

All clubs are invited to save the dates and get their Under 14 sides involved in the fifth carnival to be held at Rockhampton.

As in previous years, all sides will play in a finals format and depending on team nominations; all sides will play a grand final. All games will be played at Victoria Park over the two days.

Nomination forms are available through QRL.com.au, RDJRL Charity Shield Facebook page or by contacting carnival coordinator Michael Fletcher at bridget2707@westnet.com.au.

Any questions can be directed to Michael Fletcher on 0428 113 148.

Details about Headspace:

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. 

The services can be accessed through headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support.

headspace centres are located across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia. Each centre can help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug or work and study issues. 

Centres are built and designed with input from young people so they don't have the same look or feel as other clinical services. 

They are there so you can access the type of health worker you need. This could be a GP, psychologist, social worker, alcohol and drug worker, counsellor, vocational worker or youth worker. A number of centres also have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, welfare workers and family therapists.