New agreement to boost Capras and CQU

CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Capras have announced a new 'win-win' agreement, benefitting the institution and club.

Under the agreement, the Capras will use CQUniversity's Rockhampton North campus sporting and fitness facilities for pre-season and in-season training sessions.

Campus facilities include the sports oval, outdoor court, gymnasium and pool.

In an added boost, regional players from CQ will be able to reside at the Capricornia College when they are in Rockhampton for training or for the full season.

With several players in all three major competitions coming from the Capras' regional areas (Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Central West and Gladstone), the partnership has been vital to help players with the relocation to the club's major city.

Central Highlands-based players Harrison McIndoe and Brodee Barrett are just two of the Capras' regional players who will benefit from the new agreement.
Central Highlands-based players Harrison McIndoe and Brodee Barrett are just two of the Capras' regional players who will benefit from the new agreement.

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Rockhampton region) Kim Harrington welcomed the chance to forge even stronger links with the club.

"In previous seasons, some of our Exercise and Fitness academics and students have worked alongside the Capras coaching staff," Ms Harrington said.

"We are happy that we can continue our close ties to the Capras by having the team here on campus using our great facilities."

Capras CEO Peter White said the club was excited to have access to top-quality training venues.

"CQUni will become a home away from home for our players and coaching staff, where we can really capitalise and benefit on the excellent facilities available," White said.

"We are also very grateful for the accommodation option offered to us by the Capricornia College.

"It is vitally important that our players are able to access quality, healthy menus to ensure they are fuelled right and fully recover from each training session and can stay in a fully secured, safe environment."

The new agreement has been signed just in time for the 2019 pre-season and is another major feat for the club, following the marquee signings of former NRL players Matthew Wright and Eddy Pettybourne in recent weeks.

*This story first appeared on CQUniNEWS