World Cup Education Resource

In 2017 NZRL developed the World Cup Education Programme targeting Primary and Intermediate schools to expand the opportunity to get involved in the game of rugby league both in and outside of the classroom.


The purpose was to:

• Build awareness of rugby league in primary and intermediate schools in a fun and engaging way
• To align with the New Zealand Curriculum Social Science and Health and Physical Education learning areas
• To engage and encourage new players from schools to join junior rugby league programmes by exposing them to fun rugby league information and skills

There are two in classroom resources:

Resource one – Rugby league focused resource cards (targeted at years 4-6)

The purpose of these cards is to promote the key themes of leadership, resilience and wellbeing within the context of rugby league. Teachers and rugby league development officers can use these as a supporting resource for students as part of a wider teaching and learning programme and beginning the ‘Leaguewise’ journey.

Resource two – RLWC tournament booklet (targeted at years 1-8 students)

The purpose of this booklet is to educate, have fun and promote the tournament’s vision of entertaining the world, inspire communities and celebrate rugby league. This content is specific to the RLWC2017 tournament and is full of engaging activities that use rugby league and the tournament as its context for learning.

Click here to download the Tournament booklet
Click here to download the Leadership resource
Click here to download the Resilience resource
Click here to download the Wellbeing resource

Outside classroom resource

Resource three – Backyard League

The NZRL Backyard League programme is designed to introduce children years 1-8 to the fun and fundamental skills of rugby league. Using the core skills that many of us develop in the backyard, this programme introduces rugby league to a non-contact, child-centred, learning experience. It also reminds us all of the fun we can have at home, at school, at a park or even up and down a hallway with something that resembles football.

Backyard League is a resource that is designed for schools/teachers to adopt and incorporate into their curriculum or extra-curricular activities outside of “structured school time”.

This resource is available through the NZRL Zone network, click here to see what zone you are in and click here for zone contact details.

Additional Information

The wider education programme includes a league festival day to further introduce students into junior league.

Check out the August 2017 School Journal for more rugby league classroom activities.



We enjoy getting feedback about the RLWC2017 Education Resource:

“On behalf of myself and my little school Te kura o Hato Hohepa te kamura I would like to thank New Zealand Rugby League and Ben Selwyn for bringing the AWESOME gear our school got yesterday.
I can’t wait for the WORLD CUP 2017.
Far North


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