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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys game development team toured the rugby league heartland of Central Queensland recently, visiting several schools as part of their continued work in spreading the healthy lifestyle message through rugby league.

With the support of Hutchinson Builders, Cowboys development officers Liam Bartlett and Gavin Lloyd ran clinics in five school across Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon, with the schools teams getting in some pre-season training for next year’s schools competitions.

North Rockhampton State High School

“The trip was part of our regular engagement with students in the Cowboys’ footprint, and all the kids were really responsive to what we’re offering, which is relaxed, positive exposure to rugby league,” Bartlett said.

“We love seeing the improvement of skills, the enjoyment the students get out of us being there to conduct these clinics, while the overall engagement with our heartland can't be underestimated.

“If we can get students wanting to play rugby league – at any level – then we know what we’re doing with these visits is having a positive impact.”

Kin Kora State School, Gladstone

Schools visited during the development trip were: Rockhampton Grammar School (pictured at top), North Rockhampton State High School, Cathedral College Rockhampton, Kin Kora State School, Gladstone State High School and Yeppoon State High School.

Cathedral College, Rockhampton

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.