Rugby Academy at Katherine South Primary School

The school is attracting players willing to commit to good behaviour, regular attendance at school, and three rugby training sessions each week.

The school’s Rugby Academy Facilitator, Tim East, said the two-year-old academy is designed to engage girls and boys in sport — primarily those in years 5 and 6.

“Last year was the academy’s inaugural year and there were 21 boys and nine girls from those year levels,” he said. “This year the number of players has doubled to 60, largely due to the addition of 25 students from Year 4.

“Academy participants give up two or three playtimes a week to develop the skills needed to play rugby union, touch football and rugby league.”

The academy is a strategy for behavioural improvement in students, and fosters greater confidence and a sense of sportsmanship among the players.

Tim East said a big goal of the academy was increased participation in regional and state representative sides.

“We’ve had boys and girls selected for regional touch football, and boys as Territory representatives in touch, rugby union and league,” he said.

“Our 2017 plans include a girl’s touch football tournament in Singapore, maintaining partnerships with Touch Football NT, NT Rugby League and NT Rugby Union, and securing funding and grants worth $5000 to run all our academy programs.”

Last updated: 19 June 2017