The St George Illawarra Dragons on Thursday travelled throughout the Illawarra and South Coast regions for their annual community blitz.
In 2018 however, the Dragons were joined by the Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and members of the World Cup winning Jillaroos for the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ community day.
Together the players combined for a total of 39 school visits which culminated with fan engagement days at Wollongong’s Lang Park and Kiama’s Black Beach.
Players and staff were joined by NRL Game Development Officers in delivering the Dragons Wellbeing Program to local students, with lessons including interactive activities together.
The Dragons participated in education lessons with students, focusing on the importance of nutrition, belonging, respect and overall their wellbeing.
Dragons, New South Wales and Australian back-rower Tyson Frizell had the chance to visit his old primary school St Columbkille’s Catholic during the Best of Worlds day.
“My junior club Corrimal Cougars was just down the road and I only lived five minutes away from St Columbkille’s so this is where rugby league all started for me,” Frizell said.
“I hoped to show these kids that any of them could get to where I am today. I was just a local kid here and had the same upbringing as them. If they want to achieve anything in their life then I’m confident they can achieve it.”
“It definitely brings back memories of growing up. My little brother attends here still so it was good to see the school and some familiar faces again.”
Wigan Warriors wrecking ball Frank-Paul Nuuausala enjoyed the change of scenery the Best of Both Worlds provided for his team and Hull FC.
“I’ve always enjoyed talking to the kids about respect and the nutrition side of things,” Nuuausala said.
“I really enjoy encouraging kids to get into sport especially kids nowadays who prefer to be on their iPads or watching TV.
“Living in England you learn to appreciate the weather and being active because it’s usually always cold, so that’s what I enjoy the most about these community visits.”
Wigan will play Hull FC this Saturday evening (February 10) at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in the first-ever Super League game to be played outside of Europe.
The following week (February 17) the Dragons will play Hull FC, and the Warriors will play South Sydney, in a double header at ANZ Stadium.