Children from Indian, Arabic and Filipino communities will try Rugby League for the first time this week when they take part in the NSWRL’s Try League program for culturally linguistic and diverse (CALD) communities in western Sydney.
Try League aims to break down the barriers and social isolation for people from diverse backgrounds by introducing them to a non-competitive format of Rugby League. It has received support from both the NSW and Federal Governments.
The program, for children aged four to nine, will run for the next eight weeks at The Ponds from Tuesday (22 October), Parramatta from Wednesday (23 October) and Minchinbury from Thursday (24 October).
The first Try League program for 2019 was run at Blacktown in July and other programs have been also been scheduled for Chatswood, Rockdale and Fairfield in the new year.
“The Try League program is a wonderful initiative to introduce children to our game who might not be familiar with Rugby League,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.
“The format is safe for players who might not be familiar with Rugby League and the emphasis is on fun and getting out there and having a good time.
“I was thrilled to see the success of Try League at Blacktown and I’m confident the programs planned for other areas will be just as enjoyable for all the participants.
“It’s great to see the kids involved having a good time and hopefully it could unearth another Rugby League star in the future.”