Program helps teens form healthy relationships

Kelsey Oke, Nicholas Underhill and Lauren Cassilles at UOW with information on the Rugby League Against Violence program. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Kelsey Oke, Nicholas Underhill and Lauren Cassilles at UOW with information on the Rugby League Against Violence program. Picture: ROBERT PEET

An Illawarra not-for-profit group is calling for volunteers to help educate high school students about forming healthy and respectful relationships.

Rugby League Against Violence is rolling out its Equal Playing Field school program to year 7 and 8 students at Warrawong High School next term, and needs facilitators to help spread the message.

Having previously delivered the program to students at Illawarra Sports High School, as well as to students in Papua New Guinea, the organisation is keen to reach as many kids as possible.

The program combines rugby league tag games with discussions on topics such as self-esteem, personal boundaries, domestic violence and understanding abuse.

Program co-ordinator Lauren Cassilles said the teens applied what they learnt about working with and respecting others during the seminars on the field.

"It's a fun way for them to have the shared talks and learn what they need to learn and get them active, but also to build team relationships and understand what it is to be in a healthy team relationship."

Ms Cassilles said the group wanted at least 20 facilitators to help deliver the program. A rugby skill set was not necessary and training was provided to all volunteers.

"Mostly you just have to be happy to work with kids and interested in making some sort of difference in kids' understanding of healthy relationships," she said.

For further details email lauren@rugbyleagueagainstviolence.org.

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