League plan targets dangers of the biff
TOOWOOMBA Rugby League has developed a strategy to educate young footballers about the dangers of fighting - among other things.
The concept, which was put together with the help of Shine Lawyers' Adair Donaldson, will mean the creation of a 40 to 50-minute education session, which clubs will then present to their players.
Toowoomba Rugby League secretary Vicki Ryan said the session would also show players how to deal with certain situations.
"There are four graphic clips in there about car collisions which come about from not doing the right thing on the roads," Mrs Ryan said.
"With the (topic of) assault, we're looking more for the coaches to drive the education. We want to make the players aware of what happens if they make the choice to get involved in fights on or off the field."
Mrs Ryan said it was important to understand reasons behind people's behaviour.
"Rugby league is there to make people better on the other side," she said.
"It's also important to understand there might be reasons behind why a person is behaving the way they are.
"So we talked about beyondblue and other organisations that can help if there are other issues going on behind the scenes."
Clifton/Allora Wattles Under-18s manager Paul Morris said he fully supported the concept.
"People have the idea they can't be charged for something that happens on the field," Mr Morris said.
"That's not true; you can end up in jail for assault by punching another player on the field.
"I think it's a great initiative. It's not before its time."
Mr Morris said fighting on the field had previously been a major issue, but other issues would be addressed too.
"We want to educate the players about a range of issues," he said.
"There will be some fairly graphic video re-enactments about alcohol and violence.
"It's also disappointing to hear of the way some males behave towards females so that's another area of education.
"Overall, we want to make each young person a bit more responsible."
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