NRL Welfare and Education programs reach over 500 CRL Academy Program Participants

Country Rugby League’s Under 16 and 18s Academy Program for 2016/2017 has begun with over 500 players and staff taking part in NRL Wellbeing and Education programs.

NRL Welfare and Education staff and ambassadors including Andrew Ryan, Luke Bailey, Ben Smith, George Rose and Dan Hunt have visited CRL Academies in Wollongong, Warren and Coffs Harbour; with upcoming events in Wagga, Tamworth, Newcastle and the Central Coast.

The NRL Wellbeing and Education sessions form part of the Country Rugby League Academy program and feature Career Wise, Respectful Relationships, Player Agent, Anti-Doping, Relocation and Resilience presentations.

These topics are integral to preparing players for their futures on and off the field, with a focus on leadership skills which can be utilised in school, employment and social settings.

Parents of Academy Program members are also invited to attend the sessions to gain an insight into the presentations undertaken by the NRL Welfare and Education team.

Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the strong relationship between the CRL and NRL Welfare and Education department is integral to providing young regional players with the best possible education opportunities.

“Country Rugby League are very proud to work alongside the NRL Welfare and Education teams to ensure our players are provided with the best preparation both on and off the field,” Quinn said.

“Feedback from the parents has been extremely positive about the focus on education from the ‘Career Wise’ program, along with much needed information provided on player agents and anti-doping.

“Our Academy Program is designed to not only give our players the opportunity to improve their footballing ability, but to provide them with the tools to be successful in their education and life outside of football.”

Country Rugby League’s Academy Program commenced in November, and will culminate in the selection of Regional Under 16s and 18s teams to take part in the 2017 CRL Country Championships. 


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