About our More Than A Game philosophy

New Zealand Rugby League has adopted an holistic approach to the delivery of our sport. Education, wellbeing and health learning opportunites are at the core of all that we do. From the earliest age at playgroups, through to our tournaments and junior elite pathway programmes and on to our Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns, the learning and support continues.

New Zealand Rugby League is committed to building and maintaining a culture that is inclusive and accepting of all. We acknowledge and are respectful of diversity be it gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, or culture.

We acknowledge that as a sport we can play a major role in the development and wellbeing of families and the wider community. Through rugby league we can effect change. We can inspire and unite people because rugby league speaks to people in a language they understand.

We are more than a game

In 2014, the Education Minister announced a partnership with New Zealand Rugby League to improve the education, health and wellbeing of thousands of young people and families.

“More Than A Game” brings together NZ Rugby League (NZRL), the Ministry of Education, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Health Promotion Agency and New Zealand Police.

“NZRL has a strong relationship with players, their families and fans numbering about 140,000 across the country, many of them in Maori and Pasifika communities.”We’ve made great progress in areas such as participation in quality early-childhood education and achievement of NCEA Level 2, particularly for Maori and Pasifika, but we know more needs to be done.”

“More Than a Game” recognises people respond far more positively to messages from within their own communities.”We’ve welcomed the opportunity of NZRL’s powerful influence and relationships with communities and whānau to get a more educated, healthier, better-off and safer New Zealand.”

NZRL will promote access to public services, including assisting 300 junior players to achieve NCEA Level 2, and expanding early learning playgroups. It will also support health checks for young children, safe-drinking and smoke-free environments, and promote healthy and safe lifestyles through the “LeagueWise” leadership programme and “Safe Communities” initiatives.

NZRL Chief Executive Greg Peters says NZRL plays an important part in the health and wellbeing of its people.”We support our communities on and off the field, whether in early learning, developing future leaders or promoting better choices. We’ve found government partners who understand our challenges, share our values and will help provide solutions,” he says.”This is a fabulous opportunity, and I want to thank NZRL and its players for partnering with us to do better for our young people and families,” says Parata.

The government is contributing funding of $250,000 to “More than a Game”.


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