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Play NRL logoThe National Rugby League (NRL) is thrilled to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards. The Sporting Schools initiative is extremely exciting for all involved and we are keen to further our commitment to encourage children to be healthy and active and to be part of a stronger sporting community.

NRL is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.

As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for rugby league we offer schools and coaches quality program that encourage children to participate in this great sport.

"Backyard League programs gives the kids simple skills to play the game and come together as a group and just learn the skills and play the fields. It’s a really great program.”  Parramatta Eels star Clint Gutherson.

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The Backyard League and NRL League Integrated Fundamentals Training (LIFT) programs are exciting initiatives that aim to introduce students to rugby league in a safe, non-competitive and fun environment.

The Backyard League program equips students and teachers with the tools to play a non-contact version of our great game in any setting while delivering important education, health and welfare messages that are linked to the new Health & Physical Education Australian Curriculum. 

NRL LIFT caters to the Sporting Schools program for secondary schools, giving Year 7 and 8 students the chance to participate in a highly engaging program that focuses on teaching the importance of movement to enhance physical literacy.

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Teachers and coaches are our assets

The NRL values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.

Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.

The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the NRL programs within Sporting Schools.

Essentials for schools   Essentials for coaches   Essentials for sporting organisations


Visit the contacts page for the relevant state based contact.

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