Rugby league clubs and local government associations across Queensland will have access to nearly $1.3 million in grants to improve their facilities with the first round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Footy Facilities Fund officially opened today.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni applauded the new program as a fantastic initiative, providing access to the best possible facilities for rugby league players right across Queensland.

“The Queensland Government is proud to partner with the National Rugby League (NRL) and Queensland Rugby League (QRL) to form the Footy Facilities Fund which will help to foster, develop and grow the game of rugby league across the state,” Mr de Brenni said.

“This is especially big news for local communities, who will be able to develop their rugby league facilities in line with competition standards, allowing more players to participate and improve their game in top quality facilities.”

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg thanked the Palaszczuk Government for their support in continuing the growth of grassroots Rugby League throughout Queensland via the Fund.

“Queensland has produced many quality rugby league players, both men and women, who have grown up playing the game they love throughout this State,” Mr Greenberg said.

“This funding will help boost the continued growth of our game at the grassroots level and benefit many local rugby league clubs as they nurture and support the next generation of players.”

Mr de Brenni said the program would build on Queensland’s long history of football success.

“Queensland is a powerhouse for football, which we’re looking forward to showcase again with this weekend’s double header at Suncorp Stadium,” Mr de Brenni said.

“And best of all, I’m pleased to announce that the new stadium screens are installed and ready to go.

“So not only will Queenslanders be able to see our teams in top form this Saturday, we’ll be able to see all the action up close and in high definition.”

Funding of up to $300,000 will be awarded to selected clubs and associations over two rounds under the Footy Facilities Fund.

Further information on the fund is available at www.npsr.qld.gov.au