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Community blitz rolling out this month

All 16 NRL Clubs and NRL ambassadors are setting out on an important blitz across Australia and New Zealand, helping to deliver wellbeing messages as part of the NRL’s annual Community Carnival. 

The visits will occur throughout February and March, with NRL players and ambassadors from each Club delivering a range of important health and wellbeing messages to hundreds of thousands of young fans throughout regional and rural towns. 

Now in its 16th year, players and ambassadors will meet with local communities and play a role in educating school children on the importance of proper hydration, adequate sleep and developing and supporting a strong sense of belonging. 

This year, Clubs, players and ambassadors are estimated to travel more than 40,000kms, visit over 1,000 schools and conduct up to 80 Junior League clinics. 

NRL Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young, said the NRL Community Carnival visits were an opportunity for Rugby League to reach out to thousands of supporters and Club fans in regional and remote areas and say thank you ahead of the 2016 Telstra Premiership season. 

“Last year, players and ambassadors reached more than 250,000 school children as part of the carnival and we are expecting this year’s program to have an even greater reach and impact,” Ms Young said. 

“Our communities are the foundations from which Rugby League draws its strength and it is important that we continue to educate not just our elite players, but communities further afield, on the importance of living active, healthy and happy lifestyles.” 

Professor Ron Grunstein from the national Sleep Health Foundation, acknowledged the support and positive initiative of the NRL and Clubs to engage with local communities and impress important health messages. 

“The program being rolled out across Australia and New Zealand provides key messages, including the importance of sleep for young people,” Professor Grunstein said. 

“Healthy sleep helps young people be more attentive and learn and perform better, both as students and in their sporting activities.” 

Players and ambassadors will help present two education resource programs as part of local visits:

  • NRL Wellbeing: delivered to primary school students, focussing on empowering students to value health and wellbeing in their own lives.
  • Dream Believe Achieve: delivered to high school students, focussing on the important link between having hope and aspirations for the future and maintaining a positive wellbeing.

Both programs are curriculum linked and endorsed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), responsible for the national curriculum, assessment and reporting of students from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

A full list of NRL Community Camp locations and Clubs are listed below: 

CLUB 

LOCATION 

DATE

 

 

 

Broncos 

Bundaberg 

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 February 

 Broncos

Local blitz 

Sunday 7 February 

Bulldogs 

Northern NSW – Kingscliff, Cudgen, Fingal Head, Duranbah & Kyogle Postville, Byron Bay 

Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 February 

Bulldogs 

Local blitz 

Monday 22 February 

Cowboys 

Mount Isa 

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 February 

 Cowboys

Mackay 

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 February 

Cowboys 

Cooktown & Mossman 

Thursday 18 – Friday 19 February 

Dragons 

Shoalhaven & Nowra 

Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 February 

 Dragons

Narooma, Moruya & Batemans Bay 

Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 February 

 Dragons

Local blitz: Kogarah 

Wednesday 9 December 

Eels 

Alice Springs 

Thursday 11 February 

 Eels

Local blitz 

Tuesday 16 February 

Knights 

Kurri Kurri, Aberdeen & Scone 

Wednesday 3 February 

 Knights

Orange, Wellington, Bathurst & Spring Hill 

Thursday 18 February 

Knights 

Local blitz 

15 – 17 February, 25 & 29 February 

Manly 

Western Region – Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Coonamble & Gilgandra 

Sunday 7 – Tuesday 9 February 

 Manly

Local blitz 

Monday 15 February 

Panthers 

Local blitz 

Monday 22 February 

Rabbitohs 

Cape York 

Sunday 7 – Wednesday 10 February 

 Rabbitohs

Local blitz 

Tuesday 9 February 

Raiders 

Canberra to Orange: Cowra, Blayney, Mulyan, Canowindra,Manildra, Molong, Bathurst, Orange 

Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 February 

 Raiders

Local blitz 

Tuesday 23 February 

Roosters 

Central Coast: Umina & Blue Haven 

Friday 5 February 

 Roosters

Local blitz 

Tuesday 2 February 

Sharks 

Ipswich 

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 February  

 Sharks

Local blitz 

Monday 22 February 

Storm

Albury & Wodonga and Mildura

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 February 

Storm 

Local blitz

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 February

Tigers

Coffs Harbour Area: Nambucca Heads & Woolgoolga 

Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 February 

 Tigers

Local blitz – Leichardt/Balmain 

Wednesday 10 February 

 Tigers

Local blitz – Campbelltown/Group 6 

Wednesday 17 February 

Titans

Tamworth & Surrounds: Werris Creek, Quirindi & Narrabri

Wednesday 3 – Friday 5 February

 Titans

Local blitz

Monday 15 – Friday 19 February

Warriors

Whangarei

Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 February

Warriors 

Nelson

Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 February

Warriors 

Local blitz

Wednesday 24 February

NRL Ambassadors

Broken Hill & surrounds

Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 February

NRL Ambassadors 

Kingaroy

Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 March

 NRL Ambassadors

Albury & Wagga Wagga

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 February

 NRL Ambassadors

North Sydney

Tuesday 16 February