Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Players Hit Books after Hitting Field; Uni Course a Plus for Indigenous Team Members

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Players Hit Books after Hitting Field; Uni Course a Plus for Indigenous Team Members

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE WESTERN Corridor NRL bid is about more than just playing football, and a joint venture with the University of Queensland to assist indigenous students further their education is proof.

An indigenous diploma, slated to start in 2014, is set to be part of the curriculum at UQ's Ipswich campus.

Western Corridor NRL bid chairman Steve Johnson said the degree was a joint initiative between the bid team, the university and UQ College.

C[pounds sterling]The practical outcome will be a diploma from where indigenous kids can either go into a full university degree or into a job,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]The syllabus is going to be based around three core elements of indigenous heritage and culture, sports science and business.

C[pounds sterling]The kids will have some flexibility in choosing the subjects that fit their needs.

C[pounds sterling]Importantly for rugby league, the sports science part will be delivered in and around rugby league clubs, so the kids will be able to work inside rugby league and be involved in that environment.C[yen]

Mr Johnson said Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander had put his hand up first. …

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