For many of us, playing and watching sport represents a fundamental and enjoyable element of our lives and one, which in many cases was born from our childhood experiences.

Whether one’s introduction to sport came through the inspirational example set by schoolteachers or community volunteers, or whether they be at the behest of friends and family, young people have always and will always be touched by sport.

And in a modern society witnessing a technological and media explosion, activities that keep our young people moving should be cherished and nurtured.

Therefore, it falls to all of us to ensure that every young person who plays Primary Rugby League leaves the field having had a positive experience and feeling a sense of achievement.

It is up to all of us adults, whether we are coaches, officials or parents, to remember that primary rugby league is above all else, about having fun and taking part.

It is about making sure that young people want to come back for more, whether it’s more training sessions or more games.

Winning or losing simply do not come into it. Self-esteem, enjoyment, fun and development do.

This philosophy should be clear and at the forefront of all of our decisions and actions; whether it be adjusting the size of the actual pitch to suit the number of players, or whether it’s stopping the play to ensure appropriate coaching and teaching can take place or for that matter whether it’s a flexible interpretation of the rules to ensure everyone gets a fair go.

More than anything it is about providing positive encouragement to help young players enjoy their experience and gain a feeling of self-worth.

In the long run we all want our children to grow up enjoying sport and a healthy lifestyle.

Encouraging and supporting them at this Primary Rugby League age group will go a long way to making sure that this happens.

I hope that you and your children enjoy Primary Rugby League and that this is the start of a life in sport.

Nigel Wood
RFL Chief Executive

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Steve McNamara