QRL supports trial of world-first program to help improve junior playing experience

7 May 2021

Are you a parent with a desire to help your child have a positive experience in junior rugby league?

If the answer is yes, the Queensland Rugby League wants you to take part in a unique program that provides practical tips and strategies to help your child enjoy their ongoing participation in rugby league.

It’s all part of a proactive approach by the game, with the National Rugby League teaming with researchers from The University of Queensland and Central Queensland University to be the first Australian sport to launch the new Play Well Triple P program.

This study is being conducted by researchers from UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and Parenting and Family Support Centre, and CQU.

Director of UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre (PFSC) at UQ’s School of Psychology and founder of Triple P Positive Parenting Program  Professor Matt Sanders and Dr Cassy Dittman from CQU teamed up with Sam Thaiday to share key messages.

“Enrolling your child in junior sport is a great investment in their physical and personal development – but it’s only the first step,” Professor Sanders said.

“Our influence on how our kids enjoy their sport goes well beyond weekends of cheering from here on the sidelines.

“Together in this program, we’ll look at ways of becoming a more positive sporting parent, how to avoid common traps, and strategies to strengthen positive behaviour.”

Read the full story