NSWRL and KARI Foundation collaborate for a festival of league and culture  

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Almost 400 students from regional NSW will learn about our First Nations heritage while taking part in Rugby League gala days on the Far South Coast next week as part of a new initiative by the NSW Rugby League and the KARI Foundation.

The three-day pilot program (17-19 May) also aims to bring together and provide development opportunities for all members of the Rugby League community including coaches, volunteers, Junior Leagues clubs and stakeholders.  

The Far South Coast Festival of Communities will kick off with a Coach Update hosted by True Blue Paul McGregor on Monday 17 May at Club Bega from 6pm.

Day two (Tuesday 18 May) will involve more than 150 primary school children (years 5 and 6) from Narooma, Bermagui, Bodalla and Central Tilba in a gala day of modified games of tackle, Rugby League activities and KARI cultural connection activities at Bill Smyth Oval, Narooma, from 9am-3pm.

Later that day NSWRL Ambassador Nathan Blacklock (pictured), who will attend all three days of the festival, will join Harvey Norman NSW Origin Captain Kezie Apps at a free Footy Clinic and BBQ for around 60 children from the Moruya JRLFC at Ack Weyman Oval, Moruya.

Day three (Wednesday 19 May) will involve more than 200 high school children from Moruya, Batemans Bay, Narooma and Carrol College in a gala day of Under 15s, Under 14s and Open Age games and KARI cultural connection activities.

The Festival of Communities will culminate with a stakeholder function on Wednesday night at Club Narooma.

KARI Foundation CEO Casey Ralph said: “This will be an excellent opportunity to engage with regional NSW and bring communities together to celebrate Aboriginal Culture”.

The Festival will take place a week ahead of the NRL Indigenous Round, which recognises and acknowledges the contribution of the Indigenous community to Rugby League at all levels across the country.

NSWRL Head of Community Engagement Tracie Edmondson said: “We are really proud of this program and pleased to be working in collaboration with the KARI Foundation to bring our Rugby League community on the Far South Coast together to recognise and celebrate Indigenous culture.”
 

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