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Try League goes online to help communities

The NSWRL’s successful and innovative Try League program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities will hit another milestone tomorrow (Tuesday 16 November) when it hosts its first online training program.

The online version is an adaptation of the existing face-to-face Try League program, which helps children from diverse backgrounds integrate into the community through Rugby League sporting activities.

The NSWRL created online workshops to combat the effect COVID-19 had on community sport, with participants going through four 30-minute sessions with a focus on the core skills of Rugby League including scoring tries, kicking and passing.

“Try League has been a hugely successful and fun program run by NSWRL that has opened up the game of Rugby League to culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” NSWRL Head of Community Engagement Tracie Edmondson said.

“Since the program started in 2019, more than 630 children have participated in the initiative with many graduates continuing on to play in Community Football competitions.

“The NSWRL prides itself on inclusion and diversity and we are really pleased with the engagement from various communities in the program and excited to further increase our reach to them when we take the program online.”

Try League will continue to run face-to-face programs in 2022, with the online component also proving to be a crucial tool in case an event has to be cancelled due to inclement weather or any other disruptions.

Over the past three years Try League has been able reach communities as far North as Lismore with the PCYC and across parts of Western Sydney with many cultures taking part including Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and Filipino.