Cowboys on tour: Burketown

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' game development team had the chance to meet some BIG Cowboys and rugby league fans on their recent Gulf tour, including students and staff at Burketown State School.

After flying in to Doomadgee from Mount Isa and spending time with the local community, the team then drove on to Burketown, located 898km west of Cairns.

Cowboys game development manager Liam Bartlett, community relations ambassador Matt Bowen and game development officer Gavin Lloyd engaged students from prep to year 6 in game-based skills and drills, with an emphasis on having fun and being a good sport. 

It was also an opportunity to talk to students about the key messages of Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well, including making healthy food choices and the importance of mental health awareness.

With enrolment applications open for NRL Cowboys House for 2017, the Cowboys team attended an open breakfast with the Burketown community to talk to teachers, parents and students about the new facility, a boarding facility for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from remote areas of North Queensland, to open in Townsville with 25 beds in time for the 2017 school year.

With the support of Hutchinson Builders, the Cowboys game development team travel thousands of kilometres each year, across the biggest footprint in the NRL, to spread the word on rugby league and the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.