Growing Rugby League in the Pilbara

NRL Ambassadors Visit the Pilbara Region to deliver Clinics and 'Tackle Bullying Campaign'

A Partnership between The Department of Sport and Recreation, Pilbara Rugby League, Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation and major support from communities of Roebourne and Wickham has seen the development of a 30 week introductory Junior Rugby League program.

The program incorporates the Coles Backyard League Recruitment Program and One Community Programs including ‘Eat Well Play Well Stay Well’ and ‘Dream Believe Achieve’

“Seeing all the kids having so much fun was just magic…..They certainly made an impression on me and also made the statement that Junior Rugby League had arrived in Wickham and Roebourne in a huge way,” Wickham community member, Brett Simpson said after training at the Wickham/Roebourne Wasps just recently.

Initially organised as a weekly event, the program has been so popular it is now run twice -weekly with the children also playing in the weekend junior competition.

“Due to the talent, major interest and support behind this initiative, it has been fast tracked into having the kids play competitively in the weekend junior competition,” Chris Newman, NRL Development Officer said.

The opportunity to participate in this initiative has also provided a chance for these kids to be identified for future talent pathway programs.”

The juniors also had the opportunity to meet National Rugby League players and role models Rhys Wesser, Steve Turner, Mark Riddell, Dean Young and Shaun Timmins who recently visited communities across the Pilbara, delivering clinics and the successful ‘Tackle Bullying Campaign’ to 15 schools and reached over 4,000 people.