The Sharks will be out and about visiting local schools in the Sutherland Shire on February 9 as a part of the annual Community Carnival, with NRL players teaming up with NRL Game Development Officers in promoting the sport of rugby league.

Also scheduled for the same day, in coinciding with the local schools blitz and community carnival, will be a Come and Try Clinic designed to introduce kids to Rugby League.

To be held at Waratah Oval, Sutherland from 4.30-5.30pm and run by NRL Development Officers, the Come and Try Clinic is free and is focussed on fun, where the kids can meet Sharks NRL team members while enjoying some simple rugby league drills and skills.

Junior League representatives will be on hand at the Come and Try Clinic to register any kids who are keen to sign up to their local club for the 2015 season.

Participants are required to wear joggers/boots, comfortable clothing and to bring their own water bottle. No mouthguards are required as the participants will finish up with a game of touch.

The Come and Try Clinic will round off a day where the Sharks are set to visit more than 20 schools and interact with over 6,000 students all in the one day, with the half-hour schools session involving an educational-type presentation on WELLBEING while also delivering key healthy living messages relating to Physical Activity, Nutrition and Mental Wellness.

At the school blitz the Sharks will also encourage participation in physical activities other than Junior Rugby League that can further enhance overall well-being by giving young people a place to belong, creating positive relationships and providing a sense of connectedness.

The focus will be to inspire children to be active and eat well, while the program also includes an online interactive game which engages and encourages primary school aged students to build healthy lifestyles and make positive choices.

Included in the Community Carnival visit the Sharks will distribute prizes and giveaways including school sticker sheets, pens, PLAYNRL wristbands, branded water bottles and posters.

Two Sharks NRL squad members and a Sharks representative or NRL Game Development Officer will visit each school.

The two days following, on February 10 and 11, the Sharks will then be in Taree/Forster delivering the NRL’s Community Carnival Wellbeing Resource.

The Sharks Come and Try Clinic is free, with no pre-registration, with those wanting to take part encouraged to just turn up on the day.