A host of past and present players including Sharks skipper Paul Gallen, former Cronulla half-back Brett Kimmorley, Matt King and Anthony Minichiello, were joined by NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg today to help celebrate the upcoming Play NRL Round.
Gallen and the group of former players were joined at the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League event, by NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, Shadow Minister for Sport Lynda Voltz and a group of Parliamentary colleagues.
Play NRL Round is focussed on encouraging people of all ages – from six to sixty and beyond, to sign up to enjoy their local footy – whether it be playing; coaching; volunteering; or refereeing.
Kimmorley, who has played, coached and volunteered at a senior level, said the round was a great opportunity for people who were thinking about playing football to sign up ahead of local footy seasons starting soon.
“Whether it is touch, tag, or tackle – male, female or mixed teams – there is a team and an opportunity for everyone to be included in our game,” Kimmorley said. “I still love running around the backyard with my kids and kicking the footy. They play in a local touch football competition and footy provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get outside, keep fit and active and enjoy time with their friends in a relaxed and fun environment.”
Mr Greenberg encouraged fans to enjoy a live match experience over the round, with all home teams planning activities and special offers before, during and after matches.
“The first two rounds have produced some exciting football on the field and plenty of fun for families attending off the field,” Mr Greenberg said.
“Play NRL round is all about celebrating everyone involved with a team at any level and at any age, whether it is touch, tag or tackle.
“For those not involved with a team, this is a great opportunity to head online to our Play NRL website and find your local team to join.”
1.4 million Australians enjoyed playing a form of touch, tag or tackle in 2015, up 6% on the previous year.
Fans are encouraged to visit www.playnrl.com to search for a local team, sign up and find out season times.
The website also covers information on joining an NRL Club as a member; education resources for teachers and students; and course information available for coaches, sports trainers, referees and others – all aimed at improving levels within the game.