CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe with development manager Ian Webster and Rock Building Society CEO Andrew Paynter.
CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe with development manager Ian Webster and Rock Building Society CEO Andrew Paynter. Allan Reinikka Rokacqnrlbi

Budding CQ rugby league players to get a taste for NRL life

CENTRAL Queensland's budding juniors will be blooded in a new competition designed to give them a taste of life as professional rugby league players.

The CQ NRL Bid will select an under 14 and under 15 team to compete in the Broncos Development Cup against teams from Norths, Redcliffe and Wynnum Manly.

Bid development manager Ian Webster said it would allow the elite young players to test themselves against some of the state's best.

"The whole camp will be treated as a professional tour involving more than rugby league, and this is a great way to expose the boys to what it takes to get to the next level."

The announcement came yesterday as the Rock Building Society committed to ongoing sponsorship of the junior development component of the CQ NRL Bid.

Bid CEO Denis Keeffe said it was a wonderful partnership that provided wonderful opportunities for very talented youth athletes in Central Queensland.

The holistic programs were not limited to nurturing the players' on-field ability. They were taught vital life skills, schooled in everything from financial management to handling social media.

"We will produce very, very good NRL players who are also very, very good people," Keeffe said.

WHAT THE CQ NRL BID WILL BRING TO CQ

$150 million of economic benefit annually to the Central Queensland economy

1004 jobs during the two-year construction phase of the stadium project

425 jobs during the operational phase - continuous

Opportunity for our youth to stay and pursue a career in professional sport (at present, more than 25 CQ youth leave the region annually to pursue a career in professional rugby league)

A multi-use facility not only for rugby league

A powerful vehicle to promote and endorse the region of CQ

WHAT THE CQ NRL BID OFFERS THE NRL

A no-risk solution to the expansion of the game

43,000 members; 13,000 social media members; 150 corporate partners

Two leagues clubs with 20,000 financial members

A counter to the AFL and A-League intentions to expand into rugby league heartlands.

Locks up the east coast of Australia for rugby league.

Include another 800,000 people in CQ into the NRL programs (450,000 reside within a 3.5-hour drive of Rockhampton).



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