Practical advice available for parents via an online program to help children play rugby league

Practical advice to help maximize children’s enjoyment and participation in the Junior Rugby League (JRL) will soon be available to parents in Queensland via an online programme.

Delivered in partnership between the University of Queensland, National Rugby League (NRL), Queensland Rugby League (QRL), Triple P – Positive Parenting Program and Central Queensland University, the Play-Well program is ready for the next phase of his exit.

Professor Matthew Sanders of UQ School of Psychology and Founder of the Triple P- Positive Parenting Program said the unique program aims to provide parents with tools to help their child have the best experience with JRL.

The idea is that when parents register their child to play rugby league, they will have the opportunity to complete the Play Well program before the season..”


Matthew Sanders, Professor, School of Psychology, University of Queensland

“The half-hour program explains to parents the value of sport for child development and provides specific tips and advice that can be used during the season and on match day.

“Play Well was created through a very careful process of research and development, trial and testing.

“We have received feedback from parents and coaches to ensure this is a suitable program that can be made available to parents who want their children to have the best possible experience playing the league. rugby.”

The program trial led by the NRL and QRL demonstrated that a brief, targeted and high quality online intervention could produce a significant change in the way parents supported their children’s rugby league experience. .

Parents reported improvements in their active and meaningful participation in their children’s sport, such as letting coaches handle the training, as well as a decrease in behaviors that might unintentionally be harmful, such as over-emphasis on victory.

NRL chief education and training officer James Hinchey says coaches and parents are the two most critical people in a child’s sporting experience, which is why it’s important that they have access to resources like Play Well.

“For us, the Play Well program is the final piece of a three-part puzzle,” Hinchey said.

“Over the past four to five years, we have spent a lot of time understanding how to provide the best sporting experience for children, through our player development framework and accompanying coach education programs.

“Play Well complements these initiatives and can provide a simple, free resource for parents to help them contribute to this positive sport experience.

“What we might find is that some of the strategies that parents are able to use in the sports context can also be transferred to other areas of family life – if that happens, we’d be delighted.

“As a sport, one of our primary goals is to ensure that we contribute in a positive way to the well-being of the rugby league community.”

Parents of South East Queensland participants aged 6-12 who register for JRL for the first time will receive an email containing a Play Well access code allowing them to jump online and complete the program .

Karen O. Fielding