Queensland Rugby League and the Queensland Government have launched a new infrastructure initiative that will grow the number of quality facilities for rugby league participants across the state.
The partnership will focus on the delivery of the Rugby League Infrastructure Fund, a significant investment that is going to provide community rugby league clubs, leagues and local governments with a unique and effective opportunity to support improved participation opportunities.
Co-funded by the QRL and the Department of Tourism and Sport (DTS), a total investment of $1,328,000 has been committed to increase the number of inclusive rugby league facilities across Queensland.
After meeting with community clubs in Cairns on Saturday, Sports Minister Michael Healy and QRL CEO Ben Ikin outlined the substantial impact the partnership will have on Queenslanders in all corners of the state.
"Ensuring more Queenslanders become more active is a top priority of the Miles Government, and rugby league plays an enormous role in this,” Mr Healy said.
“Working with the QRL to deliver the Rugby League Infrastructure Fund will help grow participation in this great game and provide better access for an increasing diversity of participants.
“We want to see more women and girls, men and boys get involved in rugby league and for their club facilities to be inclusive, accessible and of the highest standard.
“The Rugby League Infrastructure Fund is a fantastic initiative, and I applaud Queensland Rugby League for its commitment to this partnership that will benefit and inspire communities right across the state.”
Ikin said the partnership was a timely one given the participation growth of five per cent in 2023.
“The increase in our playing stocks is made possible by the magnificent work of our volunteer base, who are doing a great job in helping the young boys and girls who play our game, fall in love with our game,” Ikin said.
“Now it is our job to bolster that support for our people on the ground.
“Initiatives like this will help provide more inclusive and accessible facilities that cater for the diversity of participants our great game has.
“We can’t wait to see the impact it will have on Queensland communities in the years to come, because we know it is going to enhance the rugby league journey of many individuals and families, and help with our goal of building a healthy club network.”
More details on the aims of the fund and the application and assessment process can be viewed here.
To register your club or league's interest in accessing the Rugby League Infrastructure Fund, click here.