Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Here – 15 schools visited in Term 1

April 1, 2021 | Townsville Fire news

Firing up returns to Schools – Be Here, Be Healthy, Be Happy.

The Townsville Fire School Program has returned to schools in 2021 to keep local kids healthy and motivated.

The program is one of the Townsville Fire’s essential community programs, reinvesting in Townsville schools with the support of a three-year, Queensland Government-sponsored program to address youth unemployment, education, obesity, and suicide.

The Fire makes over 50 visits to North Queensland schools each year and has a long history of school community involvement, including curriculum events, sporting clinics, presentation nights, and school assemblies. The program theme, ‘Be Here, Be Healthy, Be Happy’ encourages physical and mental wellness, with each participating school using a Fire Ambassador to assist them in sharing these messages to maintain a healthy school community.

School visits are headed up by Fire Favourite’s Steph Reid a who are regularly joined by special guests, including JCU Townsville Fire’s Head Coach Shannon Seebohm and Head of Strength and Condition Brent Goriss.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the program would allow school students in Townsville and surrounding towns to engage with the Townsville Fire and address getting active, nutrition, resilience, and motivation through positive role models.

“The Townsville Fire are exceptional role models, demonstrating the benefits of teamwork and living a healthy and active lifestyle, and their drive to provide programs which address real community concerns should be applauded,” Mr Stewart said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to be supporting Townsville Fire over three years to roll out this important program, and I encourage all schools in the region to get involved with the Fire.”

Townsville Fire General Manager Sam Pascoe said the club is focused on providing positive, healthy female role models and exposing the next generation of North Queenslanders to leading a healthy lifestyle.

“Our sessions – on and off the court – delivered by our players and coaches, and there is genuine enjoyment in what we do.”

“We know the value of the Fire School Program to the regional community and visit all schools in Townsville and within a 200km radius of the region.”

For more information or to get a Townsville Fire Ambassador at your school, visit

The Townsville Fire School Program is one of four programs that make up the Townsville Fire Community Youth Program. The programs include School Program, Youth Engagement Program, Community Camp and At-Risk Youth Program.