The St George Illawarra Dragons work closely with NRL development and have a very strong team which is highly regarded within our communities.
Dragons Community manager – Adam Bezzina
Dragons Community officers – Kezie Apps and Pamela Goodridge
Manager, NRL Development, Southern NSW – Matt O’Brien
NRL Development officers, St George – Huw Ellis
NRL Development officer, Illawarra – Kyle Williams
NRL Development, Kiama – Cheyanne Hatch
NRL Development officer, South Coast – Tim Del Guzzo
Club female ambassadors – Kezie Apps (Jillaroos) and Samantha Bremner (Jillaroos)
We are very fortunate to have five female Dragons Community 'Best You Can Be' female ambassadors:
- Emma McKeon (Swimming)
- Grace Stewart (Hockey)
- Shakiah Tungai (NRLW)
- Jessica Sergis (NRLW)
- Sally Fitzgibbons (Surfing)
Game development is conducted in total collaboration with NRL Development across our three regions:
- St George
- Group 7
The Dragons and NRL Development work with the 35 rugby league clubs within our region to increase both junior player and qualified volunteer numbers.
Clune reflects on junior footy
Each year the Dragons assist with recruiting by visiting schools to aid in boosting registration numbers.
The Dragons and NRL Development delivered 47 gala days across the regions in 2019 with 14,716 participants engaged.
An increased focus in 2019 was the transition of junior girls' league tag division to play in weekend competitions. This was held with great success with over 1623 girls playing league tag in during the 2019 season.
2020 will see Under-14s and Under-16s girls participating in tackle competitions in St George, Group 7 and the Illawarra.
Our three junior leagues managements work tirelessly in keeping clubs afloat managing with limited resources.