Rugby League Reads for schools

The National Rugby League, through the One Community Program, delivers a series of Rugby League Reads initiatives for primary schools to highlight the importance of reading.

The aims of the resources are to:

- engage students in reading by using their interest in Rugby League;
- provide teachers with practical and quality Syllabus linked Rugby League based literacy resources which can be used authentically in a literacy program;
- to breakdown common stereotypes that sport stars, especially Rugby League men, do not need or like to read; and
- provide positive messages about reading and the reading ontogenesis of players without players physically needing to go to the schools to deliver a program, allowing equal access to all students and teachers.

There are three aspects to the program - Rugby League Reads Magazine and teacher resource, Rugby League home readers, and a research program.

Home Readers

Using the club mascots and various rugby league players and captains, the books have been developed for early readers in the first three years of primary school.

These books allow early readers to read about rugby league and their favourite clubs and players, whilst engaging with text and practicing reading strategies.

The NRL prints and self publishes eight home readers which are pitched at different reading levels and incorporate different focus themes.

These professional home readers can be used as class readers or home readers and feature NRL mascots, team captains, healthy eating, overview of the game of rugby league and plenty more.

All eight readers can be ordered on the website at www.rloc.com.au.

All profits from the sales of these Rugby League Reads Home Readers will be used to fund more NRL Reading Resources for schools and will support the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation.