THE Brisbane Broncos will trade boots for books when they head back to school in early February.
Part of their annual two-day regional tour hosted by Arrow Energy, the team will visit 12 schools across the Surat Basin on February 1 and 2, delivering leadership advice, reading tips and a coaching clinic for junior fans.
The tour will also include a leadership forum, held at the Dalby PCYC for selected students from Dalby State School, Dalby South State School, Dalby State High School and Dalby Christian College.
The forum will see students come together to hear from Broncos players about what it means to be a leader and the commitment required to reach their full potential.
Arrow Energy community relations manager Peta Tucker said the tour will visit students in Toowoomba, Warra, Kogan, Wandoan, Brigalow, Guluguba, Miles and Chinchilla.
"These school visits are a great opportunity for primary school kids to hear from their sporting heroes about the importance of reading and living healthy and active lifestyles,” Ms Tucker said.
"We'll also be hosting a leadership forum for senior students to speak with the squad about what is means to be a leader, both in their local community and in their future careers.
"The Broncos are role models for many of these children and their words carry a great weight, especially when it's delivered face-to-face.”
The tour will conclude with a free junior rugby league clinic on Thursday, February 2, at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba campus.
"We've been doing this tour with Arrow for a few years now and it's great to hear about the positive impact the visits have had on the local kids,” senior player Sam Thaiday said.
"It's a different experience for both us and the country kids - they aren't used to being in contact with NRL players as often as city kids are, so it makes it all the more special.
"The bonus is we get to give out some positive messages about leadership and the importance of education, and that has to make a difference.”
The junior rugby league clinic in Toowoomba is free and open to children aged from 6-16 years. Places are limited and registration is essential. Children must have a parent or guardian's permission to participate. Registrations for the junior clinic close on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
For more information and to register your son or daughter, visit the Arrow Energy website www.arrowenergy.com.au.
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