The Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League blitzed the Federal Parliament on Wednesday as part of the game’s ongoing engagement with government with the NRL Community Showcase.

The day was a great success which saw nearly all the Australian-based NRL clubs, including the Sharks, represented at a lunch time event with more than 100 attendees to showcase the game’s involvement in local communities.

Sharks CEO Steve Noyce was accompanied to Canberra by Jess Goddard, Head of Community and Commercial Programming.

In addition to the main event many clubs also took the opportunity to meet with local MPs, Ministers and key political staff to discuss various programs and opportunities.

The Sharks used this occasion to meet with The Honourable Scott Morrison MP to highlight our Sharks Support Community programs and the clubs’ plans for developing a state of the art Training and Administration Facility that would centre around elite sport and the Sutherland Shire community.

Many MPs and staff have expressed a new appreciation for the strong connection rugby league has with the local community and the value of the programs the NRL clubs deliver.

As an example the Sharks are committed to our local area and the schools, charities and support organisations which exist with more than 1700 hours spent in the community each year delivering programs to over 10,000 students, families and the greater Sutherland Shire community.

The Sharks look forward to building on the relationships with our local, state and federal Members of Parliament and to welcoming them to a community event or to a game in 2015.