NRL players, coaches, officials and administrators have today launched the largest ever national recruitment drive for volunteers to get involved with their local community rugby league clubs.
The video reminds parents and participants that there is a role to play for everyone in helping to get the grassroots game back up and running following the suspension of club rugby league nationally back in March.
The campaign aims at bolstering the volunteer recruitment numbers in 2020 and beyond with tasks including setting up the fields and cooking the BBQ, to undertaking new tasks that are required to meet and maintain a socially-safe environment.
Coaches, officials and players who have taken part in the campaign include Brad Fittler, Kevin Walters, Mal Meninga, Josh McGuire, Kezie Apps, Jordan Mclean, Meg Ward, Andrew Abdo, Rob Moore and David Trodden.
Community rugby league will resume in July for the majority of participants nationally after it was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acting NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo has asked for volunteers, the lifeblood of the game, to bring back the community spirit in returning to play this year.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of community rugby league and there’s never been a more important time to volunteer than 2020,” he said.
“We acknowledge the role of Rugby League volunteers in providing a safe and organised environment for players, coaches and referees. This year will be even more challenging and important, so we are asking for everyone to lend a hand and support your local club.
“We need volunteers for a range of responsibilities including setting up fields, running the canteen and importantly implementing the return to play guidelines.
“Please register today at PlayRugbyLeague.com to make a real difference in our community Rugby League clubs.”