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In League In Harmony

What is In League In Harmony?

With a focus on respect, responsibility and inclusiveness, the NRL's In League In Harmony (ILIH) program aims to promote social cohesion by addressing issues such as social disengagement, racism, gender inequality and bullying; empowering youth to be agents of change for a more cohesive society.

Obed Karwhin tells his powerful story

Involvement in Rugby League provides opportunities for the youth to develop social skills in addition to the fundamental playing elements. By being a part of the program, our participants are empowered to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the diversity among their peers and the wider community. The program unites the youth to explore how their similarities and differences provide opportunities for them to move forward together in harmony.

This is achieved through theory-based and practical activities which have been designed around the NRL’s four core beliefs. Through these experiences, the participants will have a greater capacity to positively contribute to a more socially-cohesive society.

The program is delivered over a period of six school-based sessions which culminate in a celebratory Gala Day. The In League In Harmony program's delivery method is a non-formal educational approach. It is achieved by using Rugby League as the vehicle to educate key competencies of individuals and groups in order to contribute to personal development and sustainable social change.

2018 Harmony Day

Program Structure

School Activity #1

Coaches Talk (45mins – 1 hour) - A series (six sessions) of social cohesion theme-based activities conducted by our education officers, our Community Program Deliverers and current NRL players. Each student is provided with an activity handbook.

School Activity #2

Training session (60 mins) - A Rugby League skills sessions tailored for both those new to the game and the experienced. We see movement as an educational tool that not only teaches the students the fundamental skills of Rugby League, but also promotes key messages such as positive communication, teamwork, courage and preparation.

Important to note that there is no tackling in the program, we employ modified League Tag and NRL Touch Football.

School Activity #3

Gala Day - The celebratory In League In Harmony Gala Day is conducted in the seventh week of the program at a central location for all schools involved for that school term, to celebrate their newly-acquired  knowledge and skills from the past six sessions. 

Presentations - Students are presented with participation awards for showcasing positive attitudes and leadership qualities throughout the six sessions in their schools.

In League In Harmony Gala Day - Victoria


For expressions of interest and/or further information contact the NRL Respect team: 

NRL celebrates Harmony in League

Latest News

Follow the links below to find out what the NRL's In League In Harmony program has been up to:

To learn more about the NRL's inclusion and anti-discrimination and vilification frameworks and programs, visit:

In League In Harmony - Fairfield Intensive English Centre

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.