Grassroots rugby league to grow through State Government and QRL partnership

Published Saturday, 10 February, 2024 at 03:56 PM

Minister for Tourism and Sport
The Honourable Michael Healy

  • The Miles Government and Queensland Rugby League partner to deliver a more than $1.3 million fund for grassroots rugby league.
  • New Rugby League Infrastructure Fund to help grow rugby league across Queensland.
  • The RILF will target community rugby league clubs, leagues and local governments to upgrade facilities and improve inclusion and accessibility.

The Miles Government and Queensland Rugby League (QRL) have launched a jointly funded $1.328 million initiative to support grassroots rugby league.

The Rugby League Infrastructure Fund (RLIF) aims to help community rugby league clubs, leagues and local governments develop sustainable and inclusive rugby league facilities across Queensland.

The three-year partnership sees the Department of Tourism and Sport and QRL each commit $664 000, which will go towards maximising the quality and functionality of field of play infrastructure, and providing inclusive and accessible facilities that cater for the diversity of participants.

The RLIF also aims to create facilities that support quality talent pathways at all levels to support feeder zones and nurture emerging talent.

This groundbreaking partnership reflects the commitment of both entities to improve the quality of rugby league facilities and enhance participation opportunities for Queenslanders.

Quotes attributable to Sport Minister Michael Healy:

"Ensuring more Queenslanders become more active is a top priority of the Miles Government, and rugby league plays an enormous role in this.

“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.”

Quotes attributable to Queensland Rugby League Chief Executive Ben Ikin:

“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,” Mr 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.”