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The Gold Coast Titans inaugural NRLW side will be backed by Griffith University, with the institution throwing its support behind the team by joining as a foundation partner.

Already considered a leader in supporting women’s sport, Griffith University will become the home training base for the Titans side over their 2021 season.

The university has a track record in hosting elite sport and has previously supported the Australian Jillaroos.

Titans CEO Steve Mitchell says it’s great to partner with a world leading university to assist with the establishment of the inaugural NRLW side.

“This is not a new idea for Griffith University, they have been a major player in supporting women’s sport for a long time,” Mitchell said.

“Our NRLW side will utilise the elite training base that the university has to offer and we are confident that this will give them the best opportunity of winning the competition in their inaugural year.

“We see this as being more than just a partnership for our NRLW team, but one that connects the Titans and Griffith University across a number of projects that we do within the Gold Coast community.

“We have community programs working with our First Nations peoples and Close the Gap initiatives in health and education and through our Leagueability programs we see people with physical and intellectual disabilities able to access rugby league.

“We see our partnership encompassing these critical focus areas in the future using the research and academic power of one of Australia’s best universities to help assist the work we are doing within our communities.”

Duncan Free OAM, Director Sports Engagement at Griffith Engagement, said the University continues to become a leader in advancing elite sport both at the performance and research level

“The relationship will cement Griffith’s commitment as part of the Gold Coast community, offering a range of education and training initiatives promoting greater inclusiveness and improved health and wellbeing outcomes.”