The Sydney Roosters collaboration with Central Coast Sports College was recently commended at the NRL's School to Work Awards, with the Central Coast Sports College proudly receiving the 'Educator of the Year' award.
At the heart of this achievement is the NRL School to Work program, an initiative utilising the profile of Rugby League to support young Indigenous Australians with work experience, mentoring, and leadership opportunities to ensure they successfully complete school and transition into further study, training or meaningful employment opportunities.
In a testament to teacher Sam Whitehouse's commitment to academic excellence and student development, Whitehouse was also honoured by accepting the 'Educator of the Year Award'.
"This recognition not only underscores Sam's dedication but also mirrors the college's commitment to developing outstanding educators within our community," said Paul Chapman, Central Coast Sports College Principal.
"We are committed to building on our strong presence on the Central Coast and are proud participants of the School to Work program. Nurturing the growth and development of young athletes both on and off the field is a priority for our club, particularly on the Central Coast” said Joe Kelly, Sydney Roosters CEO.
The Sydney Roosters actively support the School's Rugby League program, contributing the time and expertise of senior figures such as John Strange (NRLW Coach and Women’s Pathway Manager), Steve Deakin, and NRLW Captain Isabelle Kelly.
“We’re proud to partner and support CCSC who deliver such a high-quality rugby league program on the Central Coast" said John Strange.
"There are a number of talented male and female players who are students athletes who are representing the Central Coast Roosters in our representative teams. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the College and delivering some exciting projects over the coming years”.
The successes of the rugby league program and the accolades at the NRL School to Work awards highlight our joint efforts in nurturing the next generation of leaders, both on and off the field.
Watch: Central Coast JRL Awards Evening