The St George Illawarra Dragons, in conjunction with the University of Wollongong, have joined forces to develop the ‘Energise’ program for Year 11 students.

‘Energise’ is focused on inspiring students to set long-term education and career goals, discover pathways to achieve them, develop strong study skills, build resilience, overcome challenges and become confident leaders.

Dragons co-captain Ben Creagh was amongst the keynote speakers addressing students at launch event at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Friday.

Creagh, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from UOW in 2013, spoke to students about how to overcome obstacles such as the ups and downs on the journey to achieving goals in a competitive field as well as staying focused on dream and ambitions.

“Throughout my rugby league career, I’ve always been aware of the need to plan for life after football, and of the important role that education would play in creating opportunities for me off the field,” said Creagh.

“I am proud of my association with the University of Wollongong from the time I played rugby league as a junior for the UOW Club, through to graduating from UOW with a Bachelor of Commerce.

“I am really pleased to have been able to share my story with students at ‘Energise’.”

Students were also provided the opportunity to listen to Dragons Ambassador Dan Hunt story on overcoming adversity as well as listen to UOW discuss their own HSC experiences and journeys to university.

Students were also able to work in small groups to observe potential careers that appeal to them whilst also analysing their own strengths and weaknesses and how these related to their careers of interest