NRL Cowboys House, the new secondary school boarding facility under construction in Townsville, is taking shape with the help of a strong Cowboys connection.
Former North Queensland Toyota Cowboys player Reggie Cressbrook (above left) is a member of the concreting team laying the foundations for the new facility.
After playing 34 games with the Cowboys between 1995 and 1997, he went on to play 154 games in the QRL between 1998 and 2006 and was named in the Queensland/Intrust Super Cup’s 20th year team in 2015.
Known in his heyday as the Woorabinda Wiz, Cressbrook is the only player from that Central Queensland community to have played NRL.
“It’s great to have the chance to make a contribution to such a fantastic initiative,” Cressbrook said of NRL Cowboys House.
“I’m proud of how my old club is committed to making education accessible for some of the most disadvantaged kids in North Queensland.
“I know that NRL Cowboys House will change the lives of the students from remote communities who come to stay here in the years to come.”
Opening for the 2017 school year, NRL Cowboys House will give Indigenous boys from remote communities in north-west and Far North Queensland the opportunity to access the school of their choice in Townsville, while living in a purpose-designed, culturally respectful and supportive facility.
The House is a joint initiative between the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, the National Rugby League and State and Australian Governments and will be home to 25 students in its first school year.
The facility will be managed by the Cowboys Community Foundation, the charity arm of the North Queensland Cowboys, with financial and other support from the NRL.