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The Footy Forum & Operation 'Grassroots' Launch, Tweed Heads NSW 2007.

Community Consultation took place at Twin Towns Auditorium Tweed Heads with a good cross section of the Rugby League Community coming together to discussed how they could work together to grow the game of rugby league in regional areas.

Representatives from the NRL, ARLD & CRL talked openly with the audience who attended from the various clubs in the Northern Rivers and Group 18 competitions.

The night was video taped with the panel representatives giving thought provoking replies to the questions presented to them by the compere' of the evening Mr Mike Rabbitt from NBN News & Sport.

Sitting on the Footy Forum panel was...
Gavin Judd (Gold Coast Titans), Doug Harrison (CRL Rep for Terry Quinn & NRRRL), Graham Boland (CRL Coaching & Development Northern Rivers), Mark Harrison (Tweed Byron Group 18 JRL), Graeme Hughes (Talkin Sport), Graham Eadie (Sports Chat), Debbie Brewin (ARL Development National Schools Manager), Sharon Hodges (ARL Development Gold Coast) Bill Carroll, Robin Harley (NRRRL), John Bradey (NRL) COMPERE' Mike Rabbitt NBN News & Sport

5.5 mins JRL Grand Final 2006 & Group 1 RL Grand Final 2004 Highlights

1. What are the benefits of playing team sports ?
2. How important are good role models in forming a “sports character” in young people?
3. What will affect the decision of parents to guide their children towards Rugby League?
4. What is being implemented to make Junior Rugby League safe and fun to play?

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION (DVD Presentation 2, 3,4,5,6)    
DVD Title 2 – That’s My Town 30 sec TVC (35 secs)
DVD Title 3 – Mario Fenech’s Story (1min 14 secs)
DVD Title 4 – Parramatta Eels visit (1min 31 secs)
DVD Title 5 – NRL 2 minute promo (2 mins 4 secs)
DVD Title 6 – Paul Harragon’s Story (3 mins 7 secs)     
1. How can regional areas support initiatives that are put forward by the NRL and ARL Development?
2. How can the media help to encourage children to participate in team sports?
3. What damages the image of Rugby League?
4. What role do local Rugby League Clubs play in shaping a wholesome community?       

DVD Title 7 1 x 45 sec tvc (NRL 2007 Season) (1 min)     
1. How can we build upon the initiatives of the NRL and the media campaigns?
2. How can we share the resources?
3. What can CRL clubs do to work together?
4. How can we give feedback for future campaigns?   

DVD Title 8 - The First State of Origin Highlights 1980 DVD (3 mins 6 secs)     
1. How can the former greats get involved?
2. How can former players help to support Junior Clubs?
3. What are the most important needs of Junior Clubs?   

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION (Open Panel & Audience Discussion)   
1. How important are local rugby league clubs to families?
2. Do team sports help shape the development of children?
3. What will hinder the development and growth of the game in regional areas?
4. Is there a need for local rugby league clubs to work with the community and help guide our youth? How can this be done?     

Other topics discussed ...

The Border Cup Challenge Event
Mike Rabbitt invited Graham Eadie to speak about the upcoming The Border Cup Challenge to be held a Mullumbimby in June 2007.
… Discuss influential players who were role models for the game of rugby league.
… Identify players who encouraged younger players and helped them to achieve goals.

… Identify the role that all players (present and past) can play today to promote the sport and develop healthy codes of behaviour.