Term One of the N.R.L - Digicel Outreach programme where students and teachers were presented with sports equipment and educational resources wrapped up this week.
During the end of term prize giving, twelve lucky students were presented with prizes from Business Systems Ltd, sponsors of the N.R.L in Samoa short-story writing competition.
The programme taken into schools every term, is a comprehensive one, introducing students to rugby league and building fundamental skills on the field before taking it into classrooms for sessions on healthy living, nutrition and leading a balanced lifestyle both physically and mentally.
The short story competition rounds off the literacy and numeracy aspect of the in-class sessions.
With the support of official partner, Digicel, the N.R.L-Digicel Outreach Programme has reached more than 30,000 local schoolchildren.
Development Manager, Gabrielle Apelu, says the programme has gone from strength to strength.
“N.R.L in Samoa has been live since 2015 and we’ve gone from strength to strength each term as we see the kids develop,” she said.
“We take learning from each term to ensure that what we deliver is relevant and resonates with the schools.
“League is a great sport and it’s exciting to see the kids develop a passion for the game that, previously, hasn’t had much awareness here in Samoa.”
With the Rugby League World Cup coming later in the year, there has been no better time to introduce this fast-paced and exciting game to the children of Samoa.
“N.R.L in Samoa would like to acknowledge Digicel, Australia High Commission, Ministry of Education Sports and Culture and Rugby League Samoa for their continuing efforts and support in providing opportunities for our young children to gain better social and economic outcomes,” concluded Ms. Apelu.
For more information on the N.R.L-Digicel Outreach Programme, please call +685 7754620 or email: Gapelu@nrl.com.au