What are they teaching these boys (and girls)?

I want to stay away from the negative stories the media publish and focus of the positive.

In saying that what are the NRL and the clubs teaching their players?

More importantly I love to know the processes on how the players get their education? For example Is there a test/exam at the end that they must pass?

I’d love it if one day the NRL would invite me to me sit in on an education session.

I wonder if the NRL Integrity Unit has a 24hr call centre that the players/staff can call with any “concerns/questions” that they have.

I have been able to find out that the NRL has many programs to help the players in every aspect of their lives.

If any of my children are fortunate enough to get a job playing rugby league I know they will be taken care of in many different aspects that jobs that I have had never will be able to.

Currently the NRL offer:

CareerWise – helping them with education, money & budgeting, giving them advice about agents, transitioning into the game and also out of it for retiring players.

CharacterWise – NRL have camps available to attend are, cultural awareness programs. Again they have education and advice programs about relationships & sex, gambling, social media & reputation, the players brand and values.

HealthWise – helping players socially, spiritually, psychologically; giving support and education about concussion, diet & supplements, illicit drugs, alcohol, anti-doping and mental health.

All this so they cultivate men and women into adult with integrity and character, who are good team mates. Making sure everyone is respectful to themselves and others and are capable of making wise and ethical decisions.



Did you know that the NRL has a wide range of programs that they actively promote and develop? I know I wasn’t aware of most of these until I started researching.

The current programs are:

Voice Against Violence: Violence Against Women and Children [Voice Against Violence Launch Youtube video; Power for change]

In League In Harmony: is a programmed targeted to students where they take part in theory and practical based lessons. The aim of this program is to promote social cohesion by addressing issues such as social disengagement, racism, gender inequality and bullying. [In League In Harmony Youtube Video]

Indigenous Rounds: The NRL, through its Reconciliation Action Plan, is committed to greater promotion and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Game. A major example of this commitment in action is the NRL Indigenous Round, which highlights the significant contribution that Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people make to Rugby League both on and off the field.

School To Work: A combined initiative of the Canberra Raiders, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Melbourne Storm, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers, the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the National Rugby League. The School To Work Program (S2W) is an education and employment program that utilises the positive profile of the game of Rugby League to support and encourage young Indigenous Australians to stay at school, get a job, and be a legend for themselves, their families and their communities.

State of Mind: Hopes to use the game’s profile to reduce the stigma around mental illness within the clubs and community. They have different programs tailored towards players, grass roots, and young adults. It’s such a fantastic initiative that you should check it out.

Women In League: Alan Tongue; a former Canberra Raiders captain has been recognised at the ACT’s Violence Prevention Awards for his efforts in changing the behaviours of young males. His program runs in local ACT high schools and has spearheaded the NRL’s Voice against Violence campaign.

NRL quotes on their website:

We actively promote respect, harmony and reconciliation.

We are champions for developing self-respect and social responsibility to encourage inclusion and help build cohesive communities. We speak up against bullying, violence, racism and any other form of discrimination.


Improving education and enhancing employment opportunities.

We aim to inspire young people to follow their dreams by promoting the importance of study, education and working hard to achieve their goals. We understand this is important from the classroom to the locker room.


How many of these were you aware of?

Are you like me and would love to sit in on these education sessions and see exactly how and what the game is teaching the players?



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