By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
League Stars is a new, non-contact after school program, aimed at giving primary school-aged children an introduction to the great game of Rugby League.
The program is run for six-weeks at schools all over Australia, including right here in Victoria. Currently there is one being run for students at St Josephs, Springvale, however there is expected to be more held at other Victorian schools throughout the year.
The program is inclusive, safe and educational and is supervised by NRL Victoria Development staff, who will ensure everyone is safe and treated fairly, in a NON-CONTACT environment.
The program is delivered in two phases. Phase one is a fun session within the school playground. Phase two is where the real fun and skill development begins. Over several weeks Kids will participate in enjoyable activities, where the focus is on skill development in the areas of basic game play and movement. Once they are ready the children will play a modified non-contact game of rugby league where they can apply their new skills.
The six-week program usually costs $75, however St Josephs have been kind enough to subsidise $65 of that, meaning students only have to pay $10! All participants receive a League Stars pack which includes a backpack, ball, ball pump, shirt and stickers.
Melbourne Game Development Officer Conan Kang believes it is a great program with loads of benefits.
“It gets the kids away from the screen to burning some energy outdoors whilst developing motor skills, movement patterns and Rugby League concepts in the process,” he said.
The program is two weeks in at St Joseph’s now and has seen 26 kids register of which only one had played rugby league before. For more information on the League Stars program follow the link.