WARL announces Rugby League road show in the Pilbara region

The Western Australian Rugby League is taking a taste of the NRL Telstra Premiership to the Pilbara in May as part of its ongoing commitment to the development of Rugby League in regional WA.

The WARL initiative is in conjunction with the Australian Rugby League Commission’s “One Community” division, as well as sponsorship support from mining solutions company Sedgman Limited and Healthway, with their “Smarter than Smoking” message.

The seven day road show featuring One Community Ambassadors and Rugby League legends Trent Barrett, Mario Fenech, Adam MacDougall and David Peachey will take place from Saturday May 5 until Saturday May 12, with visits to Karratha, Port Hedland and Wickham.

Martin Weekes, head of WARL’s Referees’ Association will also be a part of the touring party that will showcase Rugby League’s unique education and lifestyle classroom activities, junior development opportunities and coaching master classes for seniors and referees.

“This will be a real chance for people in regional WA to talk first hand with Rugby League’s ambassadors and to experience some really important One Community programs,” Australian Rugby League Commission Chief Executive, Mr David Gallop, said today.

“Rugby League enjoys support across Australia and this visit underlines our commitment to engaging communities so that they can share in the excitement and the opportunities that are a part of our game.”

WARL CEO John Sackson said that in regards to regional development of the code in WA, he was very encouraged by the new “whole of game” approach being demonstrated by the newly formed Independent Commission.

“The WARL is very grateful to the ARLC for their belief and investment in this One Community initiative which will not only strengthen the foundations of the game in the Pilbara Region, but will also enrich the local communities by way of inspirational health, education and wellbeing messages delivered by some of the legends of Rugby League.”

The NRL will be sending a film crew to document the trip, with stories planned for The Footy Show on Channel Nine, as well as online and other media outlets.

WARL will also be hosting two fundraisers in Karratha and Port Hedland, providing locals a rare chance to interact with their Rugby League heroes. All funds raised will go towards Rugby League development in the Pilbara region.

Towns and dates are as follows:

Karratha – Saturday 5th May to Tuesday 8th May
Wickham – Wednesday 9th May
Port Hedland – Thursday 10th May to Saturday 12th May

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