The QC Regional Tour is an annual event held each August that aligns with Play Cricket Month and the State Government’s Road Safety Week.

The 2019 Tour will see players and QC’s Community Cricket staff hold clinics and sign-on sessions across Far North, North and Central Queensland, as well as the Mackay Whitsundays region.

Highlights include;

• World Cup winning Australian Women’s Captain and former Queensland Fire wicket-keeper Jodie Fields running a keeping coaching clinic in Townsville;
• Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat players Matthew Renshaw and Max Bryant attending the Townsville Region School Cup;
• Bulls players attending club and school clinics in Far North Queensland; • Former Bull Nathan Reardon running junior sessions in Central Queensland; and
• Brisbane Heat WBBL players travelling to Mackay to promote this summer’s WBBL|05 fixtures at Great Barrier Arena.

Queensland Cricket’s Regional Tour will again be supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and will coincide with QLD Road Safety Week.

QC will be utilising the tour to share road safety messages with 8,000 students across Queensland as part TMR'S StreetSmarts initiative. StreetSmarts is an education program aimed at providing Queenslanders with information to keep safe on our roads – be that as a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or motor-bike rider.

Held between August 26-30, Road Safety Week is a statewide initiative held each year by TMR promoting road safety.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with more than 300,000 Queenslanders playing cricket, it was great to again join forces with Cricket Queensland and form a strong partnership on road safety.

“Queenslanders love their cricket. And with summer just around the corner, we want to make sure families and cricket fans continue to keep safety front of mind when they pop in the car and head to the game,” Mr Bailey said.

“It's never too early to start teaching children about road safety, and who better to share the message than our local cricket heroes.

“By taking an active part in children’s road safety education and driving safely on the roads, we can all help to ensure good road safety habits are carried through their school lives and may even help to instil safe driving practices when they are ready to get their licence.

“We’re putting runs on the board when it comes to promoting road safety.”

QC Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said the Regional Tour was the perfect opportunity to promote cricket and the message of road safety to Queensland communities ahead of the 2019-20 season.

“Queensland Cricket has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads across the last four years, and we are very happy to see this continue during our upcoming Regional Tour.

“Each cricket season our participants, fans, volunteers and staff spend hours in their cars getting to and from training or games, so the message of keeping Queenslanders safe on our roads is very relevant to QC and one we are proud to support.

“The tour is also a great time to showcase cricket to participants in regional Queensland during Play Cricket Month and to give young fans the opportunity to meet our current and former state players. With club sign-ups for the coming season now open, we hope the tour will be another successful one and cricket’s growth in regional Queensland can continue.”

Play Cricket Month is a national initiative promoting entry-level, junior and senior club cricket registration. Head to playcricket.com.au to find out how you can play the game at your nearest club or centre.