Spreading the word at school

QUEENSLAND rugby league officials are on a blitz to get more school aged children playing the sport.

Boys are not the only ones being targeted, with girls encouraged to sign-up and play.

Cowboys' development staff Dean Payne and Gavin Lloyd, Mackay Cutters captain and Australian Rugby League development officer Grant Rivelli and Queensland rugby league development officer Brad Henry hit local schools yesterday to recruit players for the sign-up session held this weekend at the Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex.

The development officers' visit comes after North Queensland Cowboys Winger Kalifa Faifai Loa and Glenn Hall visited Proserpine last weekend promoting junior league.

During the blitz the rugby development officers will be visiting 85 schools in Mackay, Whitsunday, Collinsville, Bowen and Moranbah.

When visiting schools Henry said they were spreading the word of two main campaigns.

"We are promoting 'Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well' that promotes having healthy lifestyles and teaches kids to have respect for referees," he said

"There is also the Dream, Believe Achieve campaign that aims on promoting the importance kids dream.

"This also revolves around the All Stars Game being played this weekend involving two Whitsunday players Travis Waddell and Naomi Bobongie."

Along with promoting healthy lifestyles the officers were also spreading the word about the safe and fun side of rugby league including modified rules for young players.

"We have a big push this year to create pathways for girls to join and play up to and including 12-year-olds," Henry said.

"Our secondary school target is also to get girls to play in the under-15 and Opens teams and organise rep teams to play against Townsville and Cairns.

"We have two major galas coming up in term one this year.

"We need players so we can run the competitions parallel to the boys' teams."

For more information phone Brad on 0417 068 132 or email him at www.qrl.com.au.

You can also phone Grant on 0402 892 833 or email www.arldevelopment.gov.au

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