For New Zealand Rugby League, the ‘More than just a game’ philosophy extends well beyond the playing field and into the wider community.
The playgroups were developed to address a key issue, that of children not attending and benefiting from an early childhood education.
Through NZRL Community Playgroups, Ministry of Education are able to utilise rugby league clubrooms as learning hubs, and as a consequence to increase participation in education.
The playgroups are parent-led programmes where the parents run the programmes and set the curricula, interacting and teaching their children how to learn and be active.
The philosophy is for our children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.
The clubs benefit by contributing to the wider community through supporting families through early learning. there is a positive relationship established with the clubs and NZRL and the Zones, together providing service and valuable support to children and their families in the local community.