Queensland Rugby League is stepping up its commitment to communities across the state through the formation of a Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee.
The new committee has been endorsed by the QRL Board and is aligned to the QRL’s Strategic priority of leveraging the game’s unique ability to make a difference in communities.
Chaired by independent director Naomi McCarthy, the primary objective of the group is to support the development of an overall strategy for co-ordinating and growing rugby league’s community and social impact across Queensland.
McCarthy is thrilled to lead a diverse team that includes representation from key stakeholders across both rugby league and those suitably experienced in delivering social and community outcomes.
Committee members include QRL director Leigh Anderson, prominent Indigenous community leader Dean Daylight and Legal Aid Queensland’s Jason Garrick, who specialises in the areas of domestic violence and family law.
“We will initially focus on supporting wellbeing and education programs, Indigenous programs, diversity and inclusion engagement and socio-cultural outcomes, including respectful relationships and future partnership opportunities,” McCarthy said.
“There is enormous scope for this group and the game in general to make a difference, as you only have to look at the ‘themed rounds’ listed in the recent release of the Hostplus Cup draw to get an appreciation of rugby league’s reach and standing in the community.
“In my time at the QRL, it is evident just how much the people here value the enormous volume of work already being done across the state by leagues, clubs and associations in using rugby league as a vehicle for raising awareness, funds and initiating change within their communities.”
McCarthy said the committee planned to engage with QRL staff and stakeholders in meaningful community and social impact programs.
“We’re committed to establishing strong links and consulting with affiliates throughout the state, including non-affiliated rugby league-based organisations delivering similar outcomes,” McCarthy said.
“It’s also important that we tell our story, and a key target for us is to work with the digital team and wider media to showcase the positive impact rugby league has on our communities.
“I believe it’s an exciting time to be involved in the game, and we look forward to co-ordinating and delivering programs that align with the QRL’s strategic direction, including the priorities that sit within existing frameworks.”