The St George Illawarra Dragons work closely with NRL Development and have a very strong team which is highly regarded within our communities.
Manager of Dragons Community – Adam Bezzina
Dragons Community Officer – Kezie Apps
Manager, NRL Development, Southern NSW – Matt O’Brien
NRL Development Officers, St George – Pamela Goodridge and 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), Samantha Bremner (Jillaroos)
We are very fortunate to have four female ambassadors:
Emma McKeon (Swimming)
Grace Stewart (Hockey)
Shakiah Tungai (NRLW)
Sally Fitzgibbons (Surfing)
Game development is conducted in total collaboration with NRL Development across our three regions: St George, Illawarra and Group 7.
The Dragons and NRL Development work with the 35 rugby league clubs in our region to increase both junior player and qualified volunteer numbers. 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 2018 with 14,716 participants engaged. An increased focus in 2018 was the transition of junior girls' league tag division to play in weekend competitions. This was held with great success with over 1341 girls playing league tag in during the 2018 season.
Our three junior leagues managements work tirelessly in keeping clubs afloat managing with limited resources.