Sport and education to inspire youth
The two organisations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding this Sunday (August 19) at James Cook University’s Cairns campus Open Day.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Stephen Weller said both JCU and the Pride had made significant investments in the youth of the Far North and the agreement would provide a formalised platform for them to continue that work together.
“We’re impressed by the work the Pride does in terms of encouraging students to pursue their education and we know they do great work with Indigenous communities,” Dr Weller said.
“We look forward to working with them to encourage the region’s youth to make the most of the educational opportunities available, including the JCU Pathway College, which aims to streamline the progression from TAFE to University.
“Key commitments in the relationship include sponsorship by JCU to support the Northern Pride Academy which will be called the James Cook University Northern Pride Academy.”
Northern Pride Chief Executive Officer Chris Sheppard said the Academy Program played a crucial development role for rugby league in Far North Queensland, helping build upon the amazing work done by junior rugby league clubs in Cairns, Eacham and Innisfail.
“JCU’s involvement will ensure that all academy members get exposure to a range of education options as they build their careers,” Mr Sheppard said.
“In addition, JCU will be working with our Take Pride Program which runs the very successful Learn, Earn Legends program.”
Dr Weller said JCU’s Social Inclusion team would work the Take Pride Program to build aspirations and awareness of options for pursuing tertiary education.
“This will include providing access to the JCU campus, University courses and career options,” he said.
Issued August 17, 2012
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