The New Zealand Rugby League would like to thank the Southern Trust for its recent funding towards the roll out of the nationwide sideline behavior campaign, ‘Be a Good Sport’.

By supporting this campaign, the Southern Trust is helping NZRL to create positive rugby league experiences for players, parents and volunteers both on and off the field.

NZRL CEO Greg Peters “couldn’t thank the Southern Trust enough for their financial support.”

“With the financial backing of the Southern Trust, we are able to support rugby league clubs and venues throughout the country to enable an environment where everyone is able to enjoy just how great the game of rugby league can be,”

“We know our rugby league community is extremely passionate about the game, and campaigns such as ‘Be a Good Sport’, encourage supporters to harness their enthusiasm in a positive way that encourages young people to develop their skills and have fun,” Peters said.

This significant round of funding ensures rugby league venues throughout New Zealand are supplied with current branded equipment and resources such as vests and sandwich boards, increasing the visibility of messaging that supports smoke, alcohol and abuse free sidelines.

The education resources and workshops developed in 2018 have focused on creating conversations around the role adults play in the delivery of sport, through the use of the ‘Good Sports Spine’. These workshops have also been embedded into coaching and managers’ courses conducted throughout the country.

Securing this funding is a testament to the work that the recently departed NZRL Legacy Manager, Kirsty Sharp, has done in driving these community initiatives at various national tournaments and fixtures in New Zealand for which feedback has been positive.

To read more about the ‘Be a Good Sport’ campaign, click here.