As part of my role as the Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, I believe it is really important to meet with representatives from all codes and levels of sport. For the bigger clubs in our region I like to hear what they are doing to help community sport, junior development and of course reward supporters and volunteers. The Canberra Raiders are no exception.
Recently I went out to their headquarters in Bruce to hear about developments at the club and the big plans they have for the future. The Centre of Excellence being constructed in Braddon is a very exciting development. This is part of a three-way deal with the ACT and NSW governments and will house not only their NRL team, but juniors and women’s team. The focus of this deal is also to build greater relationships with regional communities including Wagga Wagga, Bega and Queanbeyan which is great in terms of providing junior pathways.
It was also great to learn a bit more about the indigenous liaison Raiders do, not just with young people interested in NRL but for a broad range of kids to help encourage them to stay at school or pursue vocational training.
Add to this the work Raiders are doing with other codes like touch football, tag, country rugby – they really are committed to providing the best opportunities for Canberrans to get involved in sport and be active.