RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sunshine Coast rugby league community will this weekend pay tribute to fallen Sunshine Coast Falcons player James Ackerman, at grounds across the region.
There is a series of initiatives scheduled for a host of local matches, to honour the 25-year-old's life and to recognise his contribution to the sport and the community.
Rugby League Sunshine Coast CEO James Ward said droves of players, officials and supporters will be involved.
"In relation to the juniors there are 11 junior clubs being utilised this weekend on Friday night and Saturday," he said.
"All of those venues will be holding a tribute for Ackers and that is similar to the tribute we are doing for the seniors."
The acknowledgments will start with players and officials taking to the field five minutes before kick-off to position themselves at the central point of the halfway line.
Members of teams will form a ring around match officials, prompting ground announcers to deliver tributes to the former Caloundra and Kawana junior.
Players and officials will take a knee and place their arms around the shoulders of their team mates during a minute's silence.
Ward said the local league was doing all it could to honour Ackerman in the best possible way.
"This is an event that you can't prepare for and there is no template for dealing with it," he said.
Many teams around the region are set to retire their number eight jerseys for this weekend and they will display them at their club in a prominent position, with collection tins for a trust fund in close proximity.
"It is both heartening and encouraging to know that when things like this happen that everyone pulls together to help each other," Ward said.
Details of the trust fund set up for Ackerman's family will be placed near the donation tins.
Ackerman died on Monday, after suffering a serious head injury during a tackle in the Falcons' game against Norths at Nundah on Saturday.
His funeral will be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday.
TRIBUTES TO ACKERS
Rugby League Sunshine Coast's junior and senior teams will honour fallen Sunshine Coast player James Ackerman.
Players and officials will 'Take a Knee for Ackers' prior to the match.
Players, officials and supporters will observe a minute's silence.
Many teams set to retire their number eight jerseys and display them in prominent positions.
Ackerman Family Trust direct deposit, Bank of Queensland, BSB: 124 001, Acc No: 1150 0777, Ref No: 151 181.
Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily