NSWRL claims rise in rugby league participation
NSW Rugby League has announced that the sport has recorded increased participation for the second successive year.
Advising that the code is in “a healthy state” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden announced registrations for the 2019 Junior League season reached 41,814 as of last week, already surpassing last year’s final total of 41,753 with at least another five weeks of potential registrations still to be received.
Trodden advised "this is a fantastic result and it is a testament to the innovative approach of our organisation to introducing new formats of the game, as well as the hard work of our staff and volunteers across a lot of areas in our Junior Leagues.
“After a number of years of decline in participation we have now experienced growth for the second year in a row and that doesn’t happen by accident."
NSWRL General Manager - Football, Barrie-Jon Mather paid tribute to his staff, and the work they do in close association with NRL development officers, for successfully implementing some ground-breaking initiatives over the past few years which have contributed to the growth in participation.
Mather added “we have introduced a number of new formats of the game including Monarch Blues Tag - non-tackle, weight dispensation categories, all-girls competitions and Try League for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
“In addition, we have had a focus on governance in our Junior Leagues with NSWRL staff dedicated to working closely with administrators in each district to provide the support they need to run safe and fun competitions for all.”
Participants are able to register to play rugby league until 30th June.
30th April 2019 - Latest Ausplay survey shows gradual increase in physical activity
6th February 2019 - Opening of NSWRL Centre of Excellence hailed as a ‘game-changer’
17th January 2019 - NSWRL steps in following collapse of Western Suburbs junior district
28th November 2018 - NSWRL named Organisation of the Year at NSW Sports Awards
20th September 2018 - NRL advises of rise in rugby league participation through 2018
22nd August 2017 - NSWRL to launch new junior competition formats
5th December 2016 - NRL concern over declining rugby league participant numbers
13th November 2014 - NRL’s Dave Smith praises rugby league at NSWRL Conference
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