Sharks in the south west

In another busy week of Sharks Community engagement, players continued their visits to local junior league clubs and took part in a country trip to schools in the south-west regional area of NSW. The Sharks also hosted a special Oztag match for participants in the PCYC Footy Fever program prior to the home game against the Panthers.


This week it was the Kurnell Stingrays JRLFCs turn to have the Sharks at their weekly training session, with Ben Pomeroy and Nathan Stapleton visiting the club on Tuesday.


The boys mingled with the youngsters, kicked a ball around and helped out with training drills, before signing a few autographs and posing for photos.


By the end of the current season the Sharks will have endeavored to get to all 14 local Sutherland Shire junior league clubs, participating in similar good will visits and coaching clinics.


Then on Thursday, the injured duo of Jon Green and Ricky Leutele were joined by Sharks Community Engagement Coordinator George Nour on a country visit to Wagga, West Wyalong, Lake Cargelligo and Barmedman in south-west NSW.


The pair spoke to youngsters about a number of issues, most significantly presenting the NRLs Anti Bullying initiative and were well-received at all six schools they visited.


On Thursday the boys went to Tullibigeal Central School, Lake Cargelligo Central School and St. Francis Xavier Primary School, while on Friday attended West Wyalong - St.Marys Primary School, West Wyalong Public School and Barmedman Public School.


They also turned up to training at the Lake Cargelligo Sharks junior league club on Thursday evening for a training and coaching update.


While last Sunday on the main field at Remondis Stadium prior to the Sharks v Panthers match, the PCYCs Footy Fever students, a program which is supported throughout the year by Sharks Community, played a game of Oztag against counterparts from a similar program in Newcastle.


Fun was had by all in front of the large crowd assembled for the important NRL match that was to follow.


The appearances and community engagement during the week again highlights the Sharks increased participation in 2013 in local area and other community programs and initiatives.


In 2013 alone the Sharks have undertaken 449 appearances involving NRL players, 350 of those having been associated with community events or programs. The total appearance number includes community, membership, sponsorship and leagues club amongst other business conducted by the Sharks NRL club.


In 2012 the Sharks made 428 appearances in total (266 community) indicating the increased focus on community engagement.


There are more big events and community appearances planned for the remainder of 2013 which will just add to these numbers.


Photo - Lake Cargelligo Central School