GIRLS FOOTY: There will be opportunities for girls in the South Burnett.
GIRLS FOOTY: There will be opportunities for girls in the South Burnett. Valerie Horton

Girls footy comp in the Burnett

RUGBY LEAGUE: Creating more opportunities for girls to play rugby league in the South Burnett is of top priority to many in the region.

This was evident on Tuesday night with 20 community members coming together with women's rugby league in the region at the top of the agenda.

Blake Mara is the NRL development officer for the South Burnett and he is passionate about building the number of girls playing the game in the region from the ground up starting with the under-12s.

"I thought it was brilliant to see so many people interested in making sure the female game is sustainable in our area,” he said.

Mara will be heading an U12 girls South Burnett competition to be played across four Sunday's in March 2019.

"We want to try and get those girls that may not be playing and get them to play an all girls format and to play amongst themselves,” he said.

"We want to make sure girl rugby league is sustainable and we want to have a big group of U12s filter through.

"We don't want it to be a year to year basis but a constant.”

Mara has taken it upon himself to find out the level of interest in the community.

He surveyed 30 girls in the U12 age group and found 91% would be interested in taking part in the competition in 2019 and 84% of parents gave permission for their children to take part.

This has proved as further motivation to ensure the competition is a success.

Leading up to the competition their will be opportunities for girls to pick up a footy and get involved.

Girls in the U12 age group looking to try league wil have the chance at rugby league skill clinics to be held from 3.45pm-4.45pm at Taabinga State School on October 30, November 6 and November 13.

The South Burnett Eagles U16 had great success in the Sunshine Coast competition this year to finish the season as runners-up and the girls in this age group will continue to have opportunities to develop their skills.

Early in 2019 there will be camps run by South Burnett rugby league for U12 and U17 girls and coaches ahead of the season.

For more information about getting involved in the girls program next season email Blake at bmara@nrl.com.au.

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