Development on tour – Gulf country
A small team from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys headed to Gulf country recently to spread the healthy living message to students with often limited access to organised sporting activity.
Cowboys game development officer Liam Bartlett led the visit to the small towns of Georgetown, Einasleigh, Forsayth and Mt Surprise – north-west of Cairns – with students from prep to year six participating in rugby league skills sessions.
"A lot of these students don’t get a lot of organised sport in their communities so this was a great opportunity to get them involved and engaged with rugby league, as well as to promote the Cowboys, whose footprint is very much in this region,” Bartlett said.
Aside from the children in the four towns, a number of School of Distance Education students came to the rugby league skills sessions, with boys and girls both encouraged to get involved.
"There were a lot of Cowboys fans on our visits, and for some students, it was their first time being involved in rugby league,” Bartlett said.
Students received Cowboys posters during the visit, which forms part of the Cowboys development program connecting with communities in the club’s geographical footprint.