Careerwise making a difference

Updated: February 5, 2018
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Over 550 players participating in the CRL Under -16/18s Country Championship’s will complete CRL NRL Welfare and Education ‘Careerwise’ sessions this year to help educate the players about their career options outside of football.

The Careerwise course is run nationally with all players from Under-16’s to the NRL and forms part of the CRL Country Championships program for regional representative players.

NRL Community Clubs and Schools Program Manager Paul Walker believes the program is invaluable and shows players the options that are available to them alongside their football career.

“The program focuses on the players continuing with their talented player pathway but at the same time makes sure they are completing education along the way, which gives a bit of balance to the young players,” Walker said.

“It’s not just footy, footy, footy it’s about making sure they have got something else in their life as well because nobody knows when their football career will finish up.”

“Obviously along the way the players want to be pursuing a football career as well as their work and study opportunities, which will be what they need to fall back on one day.”

CRL Elite Pathways Football Manager Matt Parish believes Careerwise is of huge benefit to the players competing in the Country Championships.

“It is extremely important for players to learn not just how to be better on the field, but off it as well and Careerwise helps them to do this,” said Parish.

“Players in the past weren’t provided with this sort of education, so current players should definitely take advantage of this and use it to enhance their opportunities outside of the game.”

The program is conducted in CRL academies around the state and informs players on the support that is available from the NRL from university tutoring to what trade options and VET pathways players can undertake. Former NRL players such as Matt Ballin, Luke Williamson and Tommy Learoyd Lahrs are also involved in the program and further cement the importance of education as they talk to the players and reflect on their own choices.

“The more ex-players we can involve the better because the players can relate to them, they can tell their story of when they were younger and the pathway they took so having our wellbeing and education ambassadors out there in the CRL community is a real bonus.” said Walker.

The Country Championships will kick-off on Saturday 24th February.