There's no disputing the priceless contribution volunteers make day-in, day-out to keep the greatest game of all prospering in Queensland.
To celebrate this, the Queensland Rugby League Community Awards are a great way to recognise and acknowledge the tremendous contribution participants, volunteers and clubs make.
With nominations opening today for the 2021 awards, QRL community rugby league general manager Glenn Ottaway said recognising and rewarding the lifeblood of rugby league in Queensland was pivotal in QRL's strategic plan.
“The annual community awards are central to our recognition and reward for volunteers," Ottaway said.
"Our game is only sustainable with the ongoing commitment of volunteers and regardless of who ultimately wins the award, this platform provides us with the opportunity to recognise people and clubs across the state.
“This year’s awards also align to the QRL priorities of creating links with communities.
QRL Volunteer of the Year: Barry Beswick
"Historically, the club of the year has always delivered more than just on-field rugby league. They establish themselves as an integral part of their community.
"We have also introduced a new award category this year where clubs receive recognition specifically for programs outside of rugby league that they are delivering in their local area.”
The Auswide Bank Community Program of the Year will join four existing categories, including:
- XXXX Community Club of the Year
Recognising and rewarding a community rugby league club that has enhanced participation and enjoyment of rugby league and goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.
- Shell V-Power Volunteer of the Year
Recognising and rewarding a rugby league volunteer who has shown exceptional service to the game, made a measurable difference in their community and actively displays the QRL values - we are positive, we are united, we are inclusive, we are disciplined.
- BHP Community Coach of the Year
Recognising and rewarding a community rugby league coach who goes above and beyond to display the QRL values - we are positive, we are united, we are inclusive, we are disciplined - to better rugby league in Queensland.
- Harvey Norman Female Contribution Award
Recognising and rewarding exceptional service to the female game who has made a measurable difference to women's rugby league in Queensland.
- Auswide Bank Community Program of the Year
Recognising and rewarding excellent and innovative community programs - coordinated by clubs and / or leagues - which significantly improve outcomes for their community and fosters a culture of learning, supporting and sharing of excellent practice.
Nominations for the XXXX Community Club of the Year and Shell V-Power Volunteer of the Year close Friday, June 25 (with the state winners to progress to the national final); whilst the BHP Community Coach of the Year, Harvey Norman Female Contribution Award and Auswide Bank Community Program of the Year close Thursday, July 29.
To nominate, visit qrl.com.au/communityawards.