NRL Wins Global Sports Award for Indigenous Programme

The NRL has been officially recognised on the international stage for their School to Work Programme at the annual Beyond Sport Awards in London.

The NRL’s School to Work Program was recognised for its success in providing increased opportunities, through Rugby League, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to access quality programmes aimed at closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians across key social indicators such as education, employment and health.

Beyond Sport is a global organisation that is dedicated to demonstrating how sport can play an active role in sustainable social change. They deliver the Beyond Sport Awards annually to reward the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change.

The NRL’s General Manager of Indigenous Strategy, Mark deWeerd, was in London to accept the award on behalf of the NRL.

“It’s great recognition for all the hard work that our team put in, but more importantly the opportunities that we are able to provide young people across Australia through the School to Work programme, especially in the Indigenous community,” deWeerd said.

The NRL beat three other entries to win the award. They were:

Aspire to be Deadly – Cairns Hockey Association (Australia)
90 Minutes for Hope – European Club Association (Europe)
Play Ball – Major League Baseball (USA & Canada)