The Rockhampton and District Junior Rugby League have launched a proactive approach to Bullying.
The junior league is working with NRL Game Development in the region on the initiative and introduced the NRL Tackle Bullying Program to players in the under 11’s, 12’s 13 and 14’s age group.
The program was not aimed solely at the players but targeted all involved in the junior league, including coaching staff, volunteers, committee members and parents.
In recent seasons the junior league had minor incidents on and off the field. The incidents were not restricted to the players and have involved inappropriate behaviour by coaches and spectators.
Introducing the Tackle Bullying Program is a proactive approach to educating the Rugby League community and will reinforce the leagues zero tolerance policy to poor behaviour.
The Tackle Bullying Program provides players with the tools they need to identify bullying and the steps required to help deal with the problem not only on the field but also off.
The presentations completed so far have been very interactive with players and parents getting involved on the night.
It is hoped the program presentations can become an annual event within the Rockhampton Junior League program.
In recognition of the training the 2015 Rocky representative sides will display the NRL Tackle Bullying logo on their jerseys.