WARL – Mission to Sydney

The senior management of the Western Australian Rugby League have been in Sydney this week on a fact finding mission to meet with key stake holders at the NRL, NSWRL and ARL to focus on the further development of Rugby League in the West. Discussions have taken place from local Junior and Senior football right through to the topic of NRL. CEO John Sackson and Operations and Development Manager Dale Christy have held talks with NRL teams St George – Illawarra Dragons, Manly Sea Eagles and South Sydney Rabbitiohs. These meetings have provided an insight into marketing and operations of these organisations with all openly sharing with the WARL various ideas and concepts. These models will be used to further progress the development of grass roots Rugby League in Perth as the WA competition continues to grow and momentum builds towards the Western Australian Rugby League’s push for an NRL franchise in the future.

The NRL executives have also afforded time to the Western Australian Rugby League this week breaking from their busy schedules to workshop with us, the likes of David Gallop, Andrew Hill, John Brady and Nathan McGuirk all willing to share their knowledge to further grow the great game in Perth.

In Junior Development time has been allocated to the NRL One Community department to discuss programs for player activity in Perth and the Pilbara in 2012. Talks were extremely positive with the One Community team willing to support initiatives to have NRL Ambassadors in the Pilbara next year.

On Friday all Affiliate States Managers will come together for the ARL Conference to determine initiatives for the grass roots of our game in 2012 and beyond.

These are extremely positive signs for Rugby League in Western Australia. The optimism and enthusiasm with which the WARL are greeted with on the Eastern Seaboard goes to show the amount of support there is  for the future of the game in Perth.