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Grassroots Conference Looks for Growth

Change is afoot in the NSWRL grassroots, with clubs committed to foster innovation throughout the 2018 season.

More than 150 Junior League administrators came together at Pullman Magenta Shores, on the NSW Central Coast, for the 2018 NSWRL Junior League Conference. The two-day conference has been provided to clubs at no cost in an aim to help educate representatives on best practices. NSWRL CEO David Trodden explained the importance of the event.

“It’s the first time we’ve had direct interaction with the junior league clubs for a long time,” Trodden said.

“They’re the lifeblood of our game, without them we don’t have a game so it’s really important to give them a forum to express their views and receive information from us about what’s happening.”

A number of speakers from the NSWRL, NRL, NSW Government and other organisations have presented, particularly highlighting the importance of embracing change across all facets of Rugby League. Topics included recruitment and retainment, welfare and diversity, digital and social development and concussion.

“We all inherit a legacy that goes before us, and it’s really important that we respect that legacy and the history of our clubs and our organisation,” Trodden said.

“The more important thing is to build on that legacy and to leave something for future generations which is greater than what we inherit, and we only do that through change, embracing change and make sure we plan for tomorrow rather than just worrying about today.

The Junior League season is set to commence in April, while the Junior Representatives competition kicks off on Saturday, 10 February.