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Rugby helping students kick goals for life

Young Public Schools Rugby program

Young Public School has utilised the variety of programs on offer through Sporting Schools to try Rugby Union, a sport they would not have usually offered their students.

Over 150 students between Year 3-6 were given the opportunity to participate in the Rugby Union sessions, with the majority having never played any form of rugby before.

The students had a great time learning about the values of Rugby Union, learning new skills and playing fun games in a safe, non-contact environment with their class mates.

ACT Brumbies Development Officer, Seth Stoltenberg delivered the program for Young Public School, and just so happens to also be an ex-student as well. Now living in Wagga Wagga, Seth drives 140km each way to deliver the program at the primary school that he talks of fondly.

“Bumping into my (former) Year 3 teacher, Mrs Napier, was fantastic, especially knowing that she was still loving her job just as much as she used to,” Seth said.

“She played a huge part in my schooling and is one of the reasons I am where I am today. Knowing that she will be playing the same role in the current students’ lives is great,” he said.

Young Public School are ecstatic that they are able to have an ex-student return and pass on his knowledge to the next generations of students.

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Rugby program at your school? Check out all the details on the Australian Rugby Union page.