Allora set to be League Stars
RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby league can be daunting for juniors to get involved in but League Stars is helping to ease the transition.
The NRL initiative, founded this season, has helped school children build skills and keep active in a fun environment.
League Stars coach Jason Fairleigh said the first season of the program has been a success.
“The program is about a lot of kids that don’t play sport, not necessarily that don’t play league,” Fairleigh said.
“It’s good for skills, good for co-ordination, good for building new friendships.
“There’s no tackling involved, so it’s just about getting kids a little bit more active than usual.”
The program had its first session last night, and Fairleigh said registration leading into the session was high.
“I’ve got quite a few at the moment – 28 to be exact – that’s quite a good number,” he said.
“The majority of kids that do it, 80-90% haven’t played league before and it might be a stepping stone and it might give them that confidence to actually join a team sport at the end of it.”
Despite the program being only four weeks long, Fairleigh said the long-term goal is to help children take on new pathways.
“I get the local team to come in towards the end of it, and speak to the parents so they can get some more information,” he said.
“We all work together with the clubs – so at the moment the Wattles are more than happy to come out and discuss opportunties.”
This is the first year that the program has been run, and they are yet to see the rate of involvement in NRL clubs.
Sessions are held every Wednesday from 3.30pm at St Patrick’s School Allora. For more information, head to www.playrugbyleague.com/league-stars/find-a-program