There is nothing better than getting into the community and spreading the skills of Rugby League to current and new players, something the Suzuki Easts Tigers love to do. What a more perfect opportunity to do so than a trip to Goondiwindi.
Suzuki Easts Tigers development staff, Steve Peoples and Ian Gough took on the challenge as they taught the local children the tricks of the trade. We knew we had our work cut out for us after we begun packing 300 merchandise bags to hand out to children involved in the clinics. As they say, hard work pays off with children receiving these bags with smiles on their faces and caps straight on their heads.
Visiting Inglewood State School and St Maria Goretti Inglewood School gave an insight into the day to day lives of these students, with some traveling over an hour to attend school.
When asked about their top things to do on the weekend we saw answers such
as reading, playing rugby league and soccer, playing video games and of course, what would a country weekend be without some farm activities.
Finishing off the day with a visit to the Inglewood JRL and M.I.T Jets training sessions saw a busy day come to a close for our development staff.
When asked about the highlight of their day, both staff said, “Having the opportunity to teach these children new skills, and seeing the smiles on their faces, there is nothing better.”
There was no rest for the wicked as Friday begun with a visit to Goondiwindi State School.
Border Rivers Christian college was our next stop on the trip with a total of 90 students. The ‘have a go’ attitude from these children was second to none and we could not have asked for more enthusiastic participants.
With the day coming to a close at the Goondiwindi Boars training clinic, our Intrust Super Cup team came out and supported our development staff, jumping in and taking part in the drills set out on the field with the Junior Boars players.
Game day came around before we knew it and the support from the locals was in full force. Looking into the crowd and seeing many orange jerseys was fantastic with the boys feeling the support from the crowd.
What a rewarding and fun experience country week is, seeing the enjoyment on the children’s faces and taking the game of Rugby League out to country communities. A big thank you to the NRL staff, Grant Bignell and Lennie Currie for all their fantastic work and support during the week as well as the Queensland Rugby League for their organisation of the round.