The NRL has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Beyond Sports Awards for Governing Body of the Year for their Indigenous School to Work Program.
Beyond Sport is the peak global organisation with the sole focus of demonstrating how sport can play an active role in sustainable social change. Each year they deliver the Beyond Sport Awards to reward the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change.
The School to Work Program has been nominated for its success in providing increased opportunities, through Rugby League, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to access quality programs aimed at closing the gap between Indigenous and other Australians across key social indicators such as education, employment and health.
"We're really proud of the importance and impact of the School to Work Program on young people's lives, especially in the Indigenous community," General Manager, Indigenous Strategy, Mark Deweerd said.
"To see that the Game's commitment as a whole to making a difference in the community is being recognised on a global scale is really pleasing. It also wouldn't have been possible without the support and funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as the hard working S2W team and the NRL clubs currently involved in the program's delivery."
NOMINEES: Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year:
· National Rugby League - The School to Work Program (Australia)
· Cairns Hockey Association - Aspire to be Deadly (Australia)
· European Club Association - 90 Minutes for Hope (Europe)
· Major League Baseball - Play Ball (USA & Canada)
The event is also well supported by other major sports and individual teams including Arsenal FC (EPL), Detroit Pistons (NBA), FC Barcelona (LaLiga) & San Francisco Giants (MLB), to name a few.
The winners will be announced at the annual Beyond Sport Awards Ceremony which will take place on the evening of the 19th October at the Beyond Sport Summit in London.
NRL School to Work Team
· Kristian Heffernan
· Ainslie Regan
· Shaun Humphries
· Daniel Holdsworth
· Andrew Fraser
· Nathan Lovett
· Peter Robinson
· Jason Solomon