A wet and gloomy day couldn’t dampen the spirits of over 160 students from across the St George area who laced up their boots and took part in the All Schools Rugby League Gala Day.

Many of the boys and girls who attended the day had never played Rugby League before and got their first taste of the sport. Safely run behind the NRL’s Safe Play rules and under the guidance of qualified referees, the six schools which attended had an enjoyable day.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have been actively involved with promoting healthy lifestyles at schools in the region, implementing the ‘Best you can be’ program, League Stars and tackle clinics as well as others.

Brighton-Le-Sands public school teacher Julie Bernhardt took time out from watching her team from the sidelines to urge other schools to make the most of the opportunity.

“The kids here today are from all different backgrounds and all different academic standards, and they’re just out there having fun,” she said.

“The more opportunities we can give kids the better, and coming along to days like this at minimal costs to the schools is just an opportunity all schools should be taking up.”