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Acknowledging an inclusive volunteer training program with a difference 

While it is no secret that volunteers are the foundation of a successful sporting organisation, a new All Abilities Training Program is kicking goals by upskilling volunteers with disabilities for various roles within Wheelchair Rugby League. 

The Hon. Jodie Harrison MP was recently on hand to present certificates to Wheelchair Rugby League volunteers who are part of an innovative new program in Sydney and Newcastle. The Minister with responsibility for Volunteering said:“Congratulations to the volunteers who have been part of Wheelchair Rugby League’s All Abilities Training Program, which was funded by the 2023 Volunteering Diversity and Inclusion Grants program.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a range of skills and experience, and this grants program aims to tap into the wonderfully diverse communities of NSW. 

Wheelchair Rugby League is such an inclusive game, and I’m pleased that this grant has helped provide essential training and support to its many volunteers so they can continue to grow this incredible sport for all.” 

The All Abilities Training Program has been developed to equip volunteers with practical expertise, teamwork experience and transferable skills, and to foster confidence and community engagement. Training covers game-based roles, leadership, governance and professional settings such as coaching in schools. NRL Wheelchair will use this project to strengthen its volunteer recruitment, training, engagement and retention strategies. 

Participant Ralph Hasna decided to upskill through the program to support his role as NSW Push and Power Wheelchair Rugby League President. “The course has taught me the skills needed to run a community club, especially at an executive level,” Ralph said. Building his skills has meant a lot to Ralph, who has been involved with the game since he was introduced to it at school. Since undertaking training, Ralph has also secured paid roles with NRL Wheelchair. 

The All Abilities Volunteer training program has the potential to build the sport in new and exciting ways. NRL Director Joseph Chidiac commented, “The training programs are building the experience of the participants, and helping them develop transferable skills that they can use when seeking employment outside the sport. We can already see the difference it is making to our organisation.”  

Media Contact:  Jo Ryan 

Phone: 0421 059 866 

Image attached:  Minister Hon. Jodie Harrison MP with Ralph Hasna, credit Warren Gannon, NR Photos  


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