by Tere Alex – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Two experienced NRL development officers are in the country for the NRL Game Development Clinic.
They are Kate Parkinson and Damien Kennedy.
They taught in-country NRL development officers on the delivering strategy and effective way of game development in the community, which is in line with the NRL’s latest practice in Australia.
The 15 PNG NRL development officers from the League Bilong Laif program have shown interest in their participation.
The NRL experts from Sydney showed the officers the most efficient way to deliver the game.
League Bilong Laif is a five-session, on-contact and non-competitive program that includes on-field and in-classroom activities, utilising a range of rugby league-themed educational materials the NRL has developed with Macmillan Education Australia, including ‘Rugby League Reads’ magazines that encourage healthy lifestyles and boost students’ physical, social, literacy and math skills.
Most of the developments in this clinic, in one way or the other, have been involved in rugby league as a player or a coach.
The information collated will be useful once they go back to their communities and reach out to wider audiences, especially children who are keen in rugby league.