Backyard League



The Backyard League program is an exciting program that aims to introduce students to Rugby League in a safe, non-competitive and fun environment. The program equips students and teachers with the tools to play a version of our great game in any setting while delivering important education, health and welfare messages.

The NRL recently partnered with the University of Wollongong to test the effectiveness of a new Backyard League program which is underpinned by an innovative games and sports teaching approach. The research findings suggest there is strong evidence that the new Backyard League program improves game play understanding and is closely linked to higher levels of motivation, increased participation and more positive attitudes towards playing games and sports.

The program has been developed to cater for a range of learners, and has been designed to improve participant understanding of ‘why’ and ‘how’ rather than simply what to do.

The units are based on game play and involve the students in active learning. The program allows the facilitator to use both questioning and direct instructions appropriate to student understanding and development

NRL Backyard League Games are stopped at regular intervals and participants are challenged to reflect on their participation in order to mature the play. Students are encouraged to think strategically about game concepts and will become tactically aware and be able to become decision makers during the game.

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