NRL stars help teens tackle domestic violence

Batemans Bay Post

Two NRL stars have coached Batemans Bay High School students to tackle domestic violence.

Former Canberra Raider’s captain Alan Tongue and Rabbitoh’s and Dragon’s flyer Dylan Farrell visited Batemans Bay to kick-off the seventh season of Tackling Violence on Tuesday.

Tongue and Farrell put students and the Bay Tigers players through their paces with a rugby league training session with a difference. Tongue has devised a set of NRL footy drills that mirror the behaviours and power imbalances that exist in a domestic violence situation. 

“I wanted to reinforce the messages of the Tackling Violence campaign in a way that was relevant for footy players and for young people,” Tongue said.

“These drills help the players and the kids understand the concepts we're talking about when we talk about domestic violence relationships. We talk about power and control, trust, communication as key components of a good footy team. But these components used in the wrong way in a domestic violent relationship can do terrible damage.”

The Tigers have signed a code of conduct that penalises members for domestic violence offences.

“The Tigers are committed to standing up against domestic violence in our community" said club president John McAllister. The workshop is a way for our players and our club to understand the issue and the part we can play in doing something about it.”

Farrell said the program was an opportunity to start the conversation on domestic violence with young people.


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