Wests Tigers players will make their way to Armidale this week for the NRL's 17th annual Community Carnival.
Throughout the three-day stay in Armidale, Guyra and Uralla, Wests Tigers players Matt Ballin, David Nofoaluma, Taniela Paseka and Ryland Jacobs will visit more than 7,000 students at more than 20 schools as well as several junior league clinics.
Each year, the NRL's Community Carnival sees players from every club visit local and regional communities across Australia and New Zealand throughout February.
Players will take part in local junior rugby league clinics, as well as participate in education lessons with students, focusing on the importance of respect, belonging and celebrating differences both on and off the field.
NRL General Manager of Community, Ellen Beale said the NRL Community Carnival was a chance for NRL clubs and players to meet with some of their regional and rural fans and help promote important and positive life messages.
“The NRL Community Carnival is our biggest community program of the year and one of the most rewarding,” Ms Beale said.
“In the space of just over a month on the road, our 16 NRL clubs will reach more than a quarter of a million primary and secondary students from across Australia and New Zealand, imparting life-long lessons about the importance of showing respect for both themselves and others within their diverse footy and local communities.”
Players will be joined by NRL Game Development Officers in delivering the Respect program to local students, with lessons including interactive activities, together with educational resources.
The NRL Respect program is linked to the Australia and New Zealand curriculum.
Every school will receive an interactive presentation, which is supported by a six-week teaching resource focusing on respect, belonging and celebrating differences.