NRL club’s $3500 grant to help local families pay their fees
GLADSTONE Junior Rugby League and the Brisbane Broncos have always had a strong connection, and the partnership has just delivered a $3500 donation towards the Col Cogill Memorial Fund.
The Broncos have helped Gladstone's juniors financially for the past three years with grants totalling $9833.
The most recent contribution to the fund means the money will be distributed to families of local juniors in a number of different ways.
"If any siblings play for the Raiders then the parents pay for one and the fund pays for the other, same with CQ (representative) sides," Gladstone junior president Richard Duff said.
"If there are any families in hardship it helps them pay fees."
The system is in place to make sure anyone wanting to play rugby league has the opportunity.
Duff said the Broncos had helped in the past with being able to buy equipment, and the partnership would continue in the future.
"I was just speaking with (Broncos CEO) Paul White on Friday," Duff said.
"He is over the moon with the support that Gladstone shows the Broncos.
"It all ties into the relationship with the Capras as well. There is a pathway for our players."
The Broncos have been to Gladstone three times in the past two years for regional dinners, donating money to the local association each time, something White wishes to continue.
"The Broncos have a long enjoyed a wonderful following in Gladstone," White said.
"To then be able to make a financial contribution back to junior rugby league through funds raised at these events is very important to the Broncos."