Wests Tigers award-winning Varying Abilities Program for school students continues to have a profound impact on communities across New South Wales.
Launched in 2017 and proudly supported by WestConnex Transurban, the program helps to reduce bullying towards students with disabilities by promoting an inclusive environment which supports and assists those students with special needs.
The Varying Abilities Program is about celebrating differences — providing opportunities for participants of all abilities to get involved and take part in a wide range of fun and interactive activities like modified versions of rugby league, which helps students find common connections with others.
Named the NRL Club Community Program of the Year in 2018, the program continues to inspire and have a positive impact on thousands of students and teachers who take part. In the past year, over 100 schools participated in either the celebrating differences presentation or varying ability rugby league clinics, with over 18,000 students right across the state taking part.
Wests Tigers Varying Abilities Program
Importantly, the program exceeds well beyond the Wests Tigers local footprint and continues to leave a positive impact on communities throughout Western Sydney and beyond.
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the club was incredibly proud of the program and was looking forward to rolling out the innovative program to more schools across western Sydney this year.
“We’re really pleased to see our Varying Abilities program extend into its fourth year and are delighted to have community partner WestConnex Transurban on board again to support it,” Pascoe said.
“We continue to hear incredible stories from the families and schools involved with this program, and we’re excited to see it expand even further in 2020 with the continued support of our community partner.”