Keys for strong club future shared at QRL Conference

Club planning was the major focus of the final day of the QRL Conference – with a number of sessions looking at ways for grassroots clubs to make the most of a brighter future.

Amanda VanderWal from Sports Community facilitated a session with Gladstone Past Brothers representative Matt to help demonstrate the importance of creating a strategic plan for your club. A strat plan can help in a number of ways, including with regards to obtaining grants funding.

Female focus at QRL Forum

Leisa Donlan spoke on updating the constitution of a club; providing real-world and practical advice on matters such as defining what membership of a club actually meant and also on management committee structure. 

QRL Chief Financial Officer Graham Maher then took attendees through an outline of the financial position of the QRL, providing transparency about the breakdown of funding and what key areas of focus would be going into the future. 

One of Queensland's leading sport lawyers in John Mullins presented information on what the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The main message for the leagues staff and volunteers was outlined in an effective video and also encouraged anyone with questions to contact QRL Member Protection Information Officer Darren Schooth.

The final day of the conference presented by Ausco Modular concluded with Rob Moore drawing the winners of the various raffles held throughout the weekend.

The main prize on offer was a 2019 Maroons State of Origin jersey, with all proceeds going towards disaster relief in north Queensland.

QRL staff and volunteers raised $1480 dollars, with the QRL set to match that to double the donation.

The lucky winner was Catherine Boggian from Cairns Kangaroos juniors.

While attendees come to the conference to learn new rules and tips to help keep grassroot rugby league going strong, there was also time to mingle and get to know people from different areas.

The Day 2 conference dinner was a beach party theme, with plenty of guests enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.

See the gallery of the beach party and final day of the conference below.