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Rugby league a ‘circuit breaker’ for studious kids

Tingoora Public School

The NRL has been giving Queensland’s Tingoora Primary School a taste of the Sporting Schools league program through its strong connections with their local Wondai NRL club.

Karen Bishop, Tingoora Primary’s Sporting Schools coordinator says the lunchtime program for the Prep to Year 6 students gave them a break from their academic work and got them active and ready to re-engage in school work when the bell goes.

“We also notice that the community-spirited program further develops the children’s sense of empathy with each other and they’re willing to learn new skills while having fun at the same time,” Ms Bishop said.

“Being a small school, we have students of all sorts of abilities playing sport in their spare time and the Sporting Schools program worked really well at nurturing the spectrum of skills for all of our students,” she said.

“We highly value sport at our school and in our community. We are always encouraging our children to participate and represent either their school or local club, in whatever sport they choose.

“That’s the thing we like about Sporting Schools, we can find a variety of sports to choose from to get our kids actively involved in different skills, rules and goals and they can try sports they have never done before.

“Our parents were glad to see their children playing during lunch time in a fun activity and the students were fully engaged at all times.

“We’re looking forward to taking on another sport soon,” Ms Bishop said.

Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Rugby League program at your school? Check out all the details on the National Rugby League page.