Little Leagies launches program in Cairns 

LITTLE LEAGIES: A handful of Cairns' tiniest tots have learned rugby league skills, and more, from some of the game's best.Former Titans players, Luke O'Dwyer and Ash Harrison brought their Little Leagies program to the region to promote the sport, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Here's our story.

Posted by WIN News Cairns on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Little Leagies launches program in Kyogle

April 7, 2017

 

Gold Coast based Little Leagies today launches its health and fitness program for children in Kyogle.

Little Leagies offers non-contact development programs for children aged two and over with a key focus on rugby league and touch football skill development.

Formed in 2013, Little Leagies is the brainchild of former NRL players Scott Prince, Luke O’Dwyer and Ashley Harrison. Scott, Luke and Ashely combine over forty years of professional playing experience and developed the program in consultation with junior league, touch football and childcare professionals.

The initial vision for the business was to increase participation and support of rugby league as well as provide an avenue for retiring players to give back to the game and develop business management skills by running a Little Leagies program in their home towns after retirement.

“Over the years we’ve been doing this we’ve introduced hundreds of youngsters to the game and given them the benefits that go with it,” Mr Prince said.

“In addition to the obvious health and physical benefits, Little Leagies provides kids with important social skills and promotes teamwork which will help them right the way through their lives.”

Group One Rugby League President Jason Goulding was integral in bringing the Little Leagies program to the Northern Rivers.

“It is great to see a program focused on the introduction of rugby league for our pre-junior children aged from two years. This certainly allows for our junior players be a part of our clubs at a young age,” Mr Goulding said.

“To have the structure of a proper program with coaches that have attained the correct accreditation certainly is piece of mind. The program developed for children by rugby league players is certainly a step in the right direction for any child looking to burn off some excess energy while increasing a number of motor and social skills in a fun and non-contact environment while making friendships that can last a lifetime.”

Group One Rugby League is looking to roll out this program across all rugby league clubs in the Northern Rivers in the coming year.

“To have more children involved in rugby league is certainly our focus at the moment and having our players of all ages and abilities in the correct environment with the correct training is something all of our local clubs are very passionate about. We have Ballina and Kyogle rolling the Little Leagies program out this year with other clubs very keen to get started next year” said Mr Goulding.

Little Leagies will host a free Open Session for children aged two to four at Kyogle Junior Rugby League football club this afternoon. The program will officially kick off on April 28 and will run a weekly half hour clinic each Friday afternoon during Term Two. For more information about the Kyogle program visit www.littleleagies.com.au/kyogle.

For more information on Little Leagies visit http://littleleagies.com.au/.

Little Leagies forms partnership with the Queensland Government

February 10, 2017

 

The Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick will join former NRL stars Scott Prince, Ashley Harrison and Luke O’Dwyer to launch an exciting partnership aimed at creating a culture of fitness for children.

Little Leagies is a rugby league and touch football development program designed specifically for children aged two to six.

The program introduces male and female participants to rugby league and touch football in a fun, non-contact environment while developing key motor and social skills.

Queensland Health has provided Little Leagies $165,000 to continue their work.

“As a passionate rugby league fan I know all about the social and fitness benefits the game brings,” Mr Dick said.

“That’s why Little Leagies is a program we’re proud to sponsor because it makes fitness fun and introduces children to the greatest game of all.”

“By giving the next generation a healthy head start, we can achieve State Government’s vision of making Queenslanders among the healthiest people in the world by 2026.”

Little Leagies co-founder Scott Prince thanked the Queensland Government for their support.

“Over the years I’ve been doing this we’ve introduced thousands of youngsters to the game and given them the benefits that go with it,” Mr Prince said.

“In addition to the obvious health and physical benefits, Little Leagies provides kids with important social skills and promotes teamwork which will help them right the way through their lives.”

Scott Prince played 300 NRL games for the North Queensland Cowboys, the Brisbane Broncos, the Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast Titans. Scott played five State of Origin Games for Queensland and represented Australia four times along with the NRL Indigenous All Stars team during his professional career which spanned from 1998 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Queensland and Australian touch football teams.

Ashley Harrison played 276 games for the Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters, South Sydney and Gold Coast Titans. Ashley represented Queensland in State of Origin on 15 occasions, the Prime Ministers XIII and the NRL All Stars from 2000 to 2014.

Luke O’Dwyer played 128 NRL games for the Parramatta Eels and the Gold Coast Titans from 2004 to 2013.

 

NRL stars give back to the game they love

Three years ago former Gold Coast Titans team mates Luke O’Dwyer, Scott Prince and Ashley Harrison sat around a table eating lunch together between training sessions and discussed a dream.

That dream was to inspire the next generation of rugby league players and supporters and is now a reality with the launch of Little Leagies, a rugby league and touch football development program aimed at children aged two to six years.

“As parents and long-term players and supporters of rugby league we felt there was a gap in the current market that engaged potential rugby league players and supporters of a young age,” says foundation Gold Coast Titan and Tweed Heads Seagulls junior Luke O’Dwyer.

“Back when we tabled the idea there were a few programs that targeted the pre-school and pre-junior age groups for various sports but none to our knowledge that were specifically rugby league based.”

The plan evolved to include touch football when the National Rugby League acquired Touch Football Australia in 2013.

“This is our way of giving back to a game that has provided us each with so much enjoyment over the years,” former Queensland representative Ashley Harrison says.

The classes introduce children to the games of rugby league and touch football in a safe, fun and non-contact environment with a range of generic childhood development and game-specific skills. The program is designed to increase child participation in sport and enable a smooth transition into junior rugby league and touch football competitions.

“As kids we couldn’t wait to meet the minimum age requirement and play junior league. So we are proud to offer an opportunity for children not yet old enough to play in junior competitions, to learn the basic skills, form friendships, and develop an appreciation of what we think is the greatest game of all,” says former Queensland and Australian representative Scott Prince.

The three founders and directors are juggling multiple on and off field commitments to start small in their Gold Coast hometown. The dream is national expansion of the program which may provide opportunities for retiring NRL players to stay involved in and grow rugby league in their hometowns following their professional careers.

Little Leagies classes kick off on March 8 and will run during school terms on a Saturday morning at King’s Christian College in Reedy Creek.

For more information or to enrol visit www.littleleagies.com.au.

Queensland Road Surfaces supports Little Leagies

Queensland Road Surfaces has thrown support behind the launch of Little Leagies by becoming the startup’s inaugural sponsor.

Established in 1988, Queensland Road Surfaces evolved from humble beginnings through booms and busts to become a contract layer for multinational asphalt producers.

The Gold Coast based company has grown from 7 to 22 employees and has completed major works for councils, the Banora Point bypass, the Gateway Bridge extension, M1 upgrades and the reseals of Brisbane and Gold Coast airports.

CEO Stephen Hendricks is a lifelong rugby league supporter and has always believed in giving back to the community through many charities and organisations. Stephen is elated to add Little Leagies to this list.

“The chance to become involved with Little Leagies was a no brainer. I’ve always admired the character of Luke, Scott and Ashley and the contribution they have made to their respective rugby league communities,” said CEO Stephen Hendricks.

“We have many staff with children that are, or have been, involved in sport. To see Little Leagies getting more kids involved is sensational, and works towards better communities and society.”

With the support of Queensland Road Surfaces, Little Leagies kicks off on March 8 at King’s Christian College. For more information visit www.littleleagies.com.au.