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Roosters Drive Positive Change in School Community

Sydney Roosters NRL and NRLW players visited six schools across the Eastern Suburbs on Wednesday to deliver the League Stars Inspire Health & Wellbeing program.

Teaming up with Game Development Officers, the squad members discussed the importance of resilience, support networks and gratitude with students from St Margaret Mary’s Primary, St Brigid’s Catholic Primary, Galilee Catholic Primary, Double Bay Public, Holy Cross Catholic Primary and St Mary’s Cathedral Primary.


Brandon Smith, Millie Boyle and Tom Deakin shared examples of challenges they’ve faced throughout their careers, while Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii and Ethan King explained why goal setting and learning from past experience is paramount.  

Sydney Roosters Community and Government Relations Manager Anthony Brooks said his first experience seeing the annual Inspire program in-action was really enjoyable.

“It was great to see how much students and teachers took out of the experience,” he explained.

“Students at all six participating schools were engaged throughout the program, listening attentively to everything their heroes had to say.”

Players also engaged in a question-and-answer session with students, reflecting on the importance of role models and how they demonstrate resilience.

Connor Watson discusses resilience and overcoming adversity.
Connor Watson discusses resilience and overcoming adversity.

“It was inspiring to hear from Connor Watson about the positive approach he is taking to his knee rehabilitation while participating in school programs,” Brooks said.

“The students were able to recognise that even sports stars go through tough times and lean on their family and friends for support.”

The League Stars Inspire program delivers primary-school aged children important messages about attitudes, values and skills related to the key focus areas of Respect, Health & Wellbeing and Inclusion/Diversity.

If you’d like to participate in our Term 3 program, please contact our Community and Participation Manager Claire Reed at

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.