West Sydney to be blitzed on Wednesday

Rugby League’s biggest stars will join forces across Western Sydney tomorrow as more than 2000 students take part in a coaching clinic blitz in the NRL’s Community Carnival.

Brett Kimmorley, Nathan Hindmarsh, Petero Civoniceva, Chris Lawrence, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Lewis, Keith Galloway, FuiFui MoiMoi, Michael Ennis, Frank Pritchard and Jason Cayless will be among the Bulldogs, Wests Tigers, Panthers and Eels stars at clinics and Backyard League demonstrations at Belmore Oval, CUA Stadium, Parramatta Stadium and Bradbury Oval, Campbelltown.

In a unified approach, players from each club will be in attendance at each of the four clinics.

“It’s a massive day tomorrow. We’re expecting 500 kids out at Parra Stadium and we’ve got boys going out to Belmore, Penrith and Campbelltown as well,” Eels star Nathan Hindmarsh said.

“It’s a big day, everyone gets to have bit of a run round and have some fun.”

Wests Tigers centre and Campbelltown junior Chris Lawrence added: “Campbelltown has always been a Rugby League area and this Community Carnival allows children the chance to meet some of the stars of the Wests Tigers as well as other players from different teams.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow teaching some Rugby League skills to the League stars of the future.”

Tomorrow’s Western Sydney Blitz is part of a Community Carnival that will bring the game’s ‘Eat Well Play Well Stay Well’ message to more than 100,000 young Australians.

More than 500 NRL players and development officers are visiting 400 schools in 78 communities this week stretching from Sydney to Perth, into far north Queensland, New Zealand and throughout rural and regional NSW and Queensland.

Raiders players today embarked on a school blitz of their own, visiting every school in Wagga Wagga before hosting a junior coaching clinic and sign-on session.

Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan joined team-mates Corey Payne, Danny Williams and Gary Warburton in visiting patients at Dubbo Hospital, while Cowboys players trained with the local Ingham Crushers team and visited the Bowen Special Education Unit.

At the Sydney Football Stadium, Roosters stars Anthony Minichiello, Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce led a behind-the-scenes tour and coaching clinic for students from Sydney’s east

Storm stars including Brett White, Brett Finch and Cooper Cronk conducted skills clinics with junior players in Corowa, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

Tomorrow, Rabbitohs stars will bring some Community Carnival cheer to patients at Nyngan Hospital while Titans players will conduct skills clinics in Ballina and Ipswich.