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REDS FOUNDATION
 
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We help the leaders lead, the doers do,
and the dreamers dream.
Together, hard work, dedication, and perseverance
can make ordinary people extraordinary.

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Through Rugby we connect diverse communities and create a level playing field for everyone. We nurture the extraordinary every day. We are Queenslanders. We are Red.

The Reds Foundation exists for the love of the game, the people involved and to bring everyone together as one Rugby community. We create pathways for young Queenslanders to become champions both on and off the field.
 
OUR THREE PILLARS

GENDER
To provide women in Rugby with the support and pathways to advance their personal, professional and sporting careers.
 
Queensland Rugby Union is improving pathways for female players to pursue a rugby career in both Sevens and XV’s.

Since its inception, the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Women’s Sevens Academy at Ballymore has seen five players earn contracts with the Australian squad. Demi Hayes, who is currently on a development contract with the Australian squad, was also one of three QAS graduates who made their debuts for the Australia side at the Canada Sevens event in Langford, 2016, where the Australian Women finished third. Of the current group of 21 contracted Australian Women Seven’s players, 11 originate from Queensland.

While in XV’s rugby, Queensland provided 9 players to the Wallaroos Training squad in 2015.

Girls and young women are boosting participation figures and joining rugby programs across Queensland in big numbers. Girls and women are recognising the opportunities Rugby offers with Sevens now part of the 2016 Rio Olympic program and also part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games program and a Rugby World Cup for XV’s in Ireland in 2017.

Key Statistics
- Female participation increased from 32,000 in 2011 to over 125,000 in 2015
- 21 new women’s Sevens teams, 65 new girls club teams, and 73 new secondary school teams
- 58% of the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Team were Queenslanders
- Over 50% of the National Contracted Women’s 7’s squad are from Queensland
 
ALL ABILITIES
To provide children who experience learning, perceptual and physical difficulties the opportunity to play Rugby.
 
Piloted in 2014 at Brisbane Brothers Rugby Club, the Modified Rugby Program (MRP) in 2016 will include six clubs, including a new MRP program in Toowoomba. The MRP provides children with learning and perceptual difficulties the chance to learn and play competitive Rugby.

A working group of the Queensland Rugby Union, Australian Rugby Union, Brisbane Brothers Rugby Union, Megan Elliott (founder and Managing Director of GingerCloud Foundation) and Allied Health professionals developed the program to support the specific needs of these children. The program is structured with necessary modifications to the game, providing participants on-field support through a Player Mentor system, whilst remaining aligned with the Laws of Rugby.

Queensland Rugby Union and the St.George Foundation have continued in partnership with GingerCloud to further expand the program within Clubs.

Queensland Rugby recently implemented the Disability Inclusion Policy that allows junior rugby players with a disability to play in the age group below their actual year group.

Key Statistics
- Modified Rugby Program now offered at 6 clubs – Brisbane Brothers, GPS, Easts, Wests, Redlands and USQ – Toowoomba
   - Providing opportunities for over 150 MRP Players, Player Mentors and their families
- Development and implementation of the Disability Inclusion Strategy
- Queensland Rugby announced Inclusive Services Award winner at 2015 Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Awards
 
CULTURE
To support and encourage young Queenslanders from challenging communities to stay in school, seek employment and further training and as a result become a leader within their community.
 
The Queensland Reds Indigenous Program (QRIP) was established in 2010. Initially delivered into the Mornington Island and Doomadgee communities, the program has continued to expand and now delivers state-wide to encompass the remote communities of Yarrabah, Woorabinda, Cherbourg, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw as well as significant program delivery within our urban areas.

Closely aligned to the Closing the Gap commitment by the Federal Government to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, in particular providing a better future for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, QRIP was developed with a charter ’to support and encourage young Indigenous Queenslanders to stay in school, seek employment and further training and as a result become a leader within their community’.

With a generational support approach to programming, QRIP provides the below:

Community Development Program: delivered through the communities of Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Yarrabah, Lockhart River and Pormpuraaw to encourage school attendance, education and healthy and active lifestyles.

Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program: aims to encourage and support students from the communities of Cherbourg, Yarrabah and Woorabinda, who have demonstrated consistency in attendance, showed improvement in learning and achieved excellence in performance both inside and outside the classroom.

Reds Generation Next: working with Year 11 and Year 12 students across South and Central Qld to assist and support them with the school to work or further education transition.

Employment Strategy: commitment to identify and support employment initiatives for Indigenous Australians

Queensland Reds Indigenous Program Scholarship: awarded to selected participants of the Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program, the Queensland Reds Indigenous Program Scholarship supports our commitment to a brighter future for young Indigenous Queenslanders. The scholarship focuses on providing a world-class education and career opportunities while developing the core values of Leadership, Teamwork, Commitment, Pride, Culture and Community in our leaders of tomorrow.

St.George Queensland Reds Indigenous Round: in 2012 the Queensland Rugby Union became the first State Union in Australia to celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage with a nominated match in the season.

Through the Reds Foundation, Queensland Rugby also works closely with the Pasifika Communities within Queensland, providing pathways and nurturing talent in the important growth corridors in and around Brisbane.

Key Statistics
Queensland Reds Indigenous Program
- 1200+ students participate in the St.George Rookies2Reds School Attendance Program annually
- Over 200 students from Year 6 – Year 13 (first Year post school) benefit from individual mentoring support each year
- 160 participants have graduated from the program, with:
   - 100% graduating Year 12
   - 93% successfully transitioned to employment or further education (22% above State Average)
- 2014 Queensland Reconciliation and 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards Finalist
 
 

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