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Play NRL

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 – Jake Ross 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) 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
  • Illawarra
  • 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.

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.

Play Rugby League

The St George Illawarra Dragons are committed to an ongoing relationship with the NRL and in particular the eight local NRL developments officers within the Dragons catchment to provide local schools, local clubs and community organisations an opportunity to experience rugby league and what it has to offer both on and off the field.

For more information on the experiences and opportunities the NRL has head to http://www.playrugbyleague.com/

Holiday clinics

St George Illawarra Dragons rugby league holiday clinics provide a fun environment encouraging children to actively participate in physical activities for fun, health and friendship.

Trained rugby league game development staff will conduct the three-hour League Stars clinics that teach children rugby league skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.

"Our Dragons active holiday programs have been created to suit children of all ages and experience levels and provides a fun and active outing for the kids while on holidays," Dragons Community Manager Adam Bezzina said.

St George Illawarra holiday active clinics have been postponed for the foreseeable future as a result of the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.