North Queensland Toyota Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan was among a host of players helping out this week at the annual Queensland Rugby League Northern Division Summer Camp at James Cook University.
About 130 players ranging in age from 12-18 years attended the three-day camp, which has skills development, participation and mateship as its foundations.
QRL Northern Division Manager Scott Nosworthy said the camp – celebrating its 30th year – is “what footy’s all about”.
“There’s plenty of skills and drills, but this camp is also about all the good things that happen off the field … from these sorts of events, people become mates for life, so it’s a privilege to be able to bring more than 100 kids together to help them on their rugby league journey,” Nosworthy said.
The Cowboys have been long-term supporters of the camp and this year Morgan and teammates including Scott Bolton, Coen Hess, Ray Thompson and Kyle Feldt dropped in to help out with training sessions and skills clinics.
Morgan said he has fond memories of attending the QRL Northern Division Camp as a junior.
“This camp is an important stepping stone for young players coming through. I remember that the camp I went on included (current Cowboys teammate) Ben Hampton,” he said.
At Tuesday’s orientation, long-time camp attendees were recognised, alongside current camp coaches who also attended as junior players.
Cowboys Life Member Barry Buchanan and current Cowboys under-20s trainer John Alloway were also recognised for their long-time service to the camp.