Stockman Sports’ flagship expression, Stockman Rugby, was founded in the remote town of Longreach, situated in outback Queensland. Stockman Rugby was initially formed to provide young people from remote and rural and regional area’s the opportunity for personal and athletic development in a character building environment. In addition to touring domestically around Australia, Stockman Rugby has toured both New Zealand’s South Island and Ireland in recent years with future international rugby tours planned.
Stockman Rugby engaged the likes of Australian rugby legends and former Wallabies John Eales, Chris Roche, Mark Ella, Tom Lawton, Michael O’Connor and Greg Holmes to –invest into and contribute to the lives of the young people involved.
The stockman concept was organically benefiting the young people involved from area’s considered ‘at risk’ for substance abuse and mental health and well-being issues such as depression and suicide. Sport opened up a doorway to positively reach young people from all walks of life, to assist them in their athletic and personal development in a character building environment.
By widening the scope of this project to include more sports disciplines and by formalising our approach to athletic development, personal development, mental health and well-being and substance abuse, the Stockman Sports Foundation aims to reach a greater number of young people, believe in them as champions and positively impact their future.
Little Windmills: The Country Kids Charity adopted Stockman Rugby as our flagship youth development program to sit under the Stockman Sports Foundation, a vehicle to positively reach young people from remote, rural and regional Australia.