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Rugby League Samoa, the National Rugby League and the Australian Defence Force Rugby League last week conducted a series of virtual workshops for referees, coaches and sports trainers, in a bid to improve the quality of officiating, coaching and sports medicine across the community.

The official’s programme was conducted out of the Tanoa Resort in Apia, Samoa, from the 15 – 18 November 2021, with all participants putting their new skills into practice by volunteering at a primary schools Rugby League gala day on Friday 19 November.

This is the first-time virtual training has been conducted for the Samoan Rugby League community and it comes off the back of successful virtual delivery workshops in PNG, Fiji and Tonga. Instructors will be virtually delivering from Townsville, Brisbane and Sydney. Over 100 participants took part in the courses

Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a, President, Rugby League Samoa said, “It is important that we empower our volunteers with the skills and resources to ensure that they can create the best environment possible for Rugby League participants in Samoa. It is also really pleasing to see several females enrolled in the training as we are looking to create more opportunities both on and off the field for our female participants”

Mike Felise, NRL Samoa Manager applauded the Australian Defence Force for their support. “Thanks to generous support of the ADF our participants and clubs will have important resources like first aid kits that will assist in our efforts to ensure all clubs are safe and inclusive spaces.”