The annual NRL Community & Player Education Awards is an opportunity for the game's unsung heroes such as volunteer coaches, community workers, referees and development officers to receive recognition for their tireless work and to rub shoulders with NRL current and former stars.
The 2015 NRL Community Awards will be live streamed here on NRL.com tonight, Friday October 2, from 7.25pm AEST.
The following Awards are presented on the night:
• NRL Community Program of the Year
• National Volunteer of the Year
• National Grassroots Club of the Year
• National Teacher of the Year
• NRL Academic Team of the Year
• NYC Academic Team of the Year
• Pasifika Academic Excellence Award
• Indigenous Academic Excellence Award
• Apprentice Achievement Award
NRL stars including Paul Gallen, George Rose and 2015 Ken Stephen Medal winner Luke Douglas will join Rugby League's grassroots heroes from across the nation at the NRL Community and Player Education Awards at Sheraton on the Park tonight.
Now in its ninth year, the awards recognise Rugby League's 'behind the scenes heroes' for the tireless work they do to support the game they love. From volunteer coaches and teachers, to players at first-grade level, the awards honour, reflect and congratulate those who make a positive difference for many in their communities.
This year, the award categories have been expanded to encompass player education, recognising players achieving academic excellence and commitment to furthering their careers off the field.
In a special appearance, Australian and international superstar Jessica Mauboy will attend and perform at the awards, ahead of performing the national anthem at the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final and watching her beloved Cowboys.