By Lorraine Genia – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
The PNG NRL League Bilong Laif program has seen an increase of women and girls in the sport of rugby league.
League Bilong Laif development officer, Cathy Neap, has said, the role of women in the sport is now more prominent than ever, and is contributing immensely to changing attitudes in Papua New Guinean society, and sporting circles.
The League Bilong Laif program has attracted 23 000 participants to date, with the age target, set at between 6 to 12 year olds.
Currently, they have visited more than nine primary schools in the nation’s capital, and have had participating schools, in Goroka, Kokopo and the Autonomous region of Bougainville.
Neap has said also that the attitudes of the young has changed, with girls and women, now slowly being accepted into what was once a male-dominated sport.
Through the Leasgue for Laif program, participants are taught two major elemejts, which are respect and the value in education.
A factor that has seen them work closely with the education department.
The program aims to reach more than sixty thousand participants before year’s end.