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12/14/2017

Game On and Deadly 7s participation rates soar


Queenslanders participation in Game On and Deadly 7s programs has leapt by 45 per cent, new nationally released statistics show.

Throughout Queensland, 15,375 people participated in the Game On and Deadly 7s programs in 2017 – an increase of 10,430 people from 2016.

A new Rugby Australia report revealed school Rugby participation has boomed across Australia showing a 112 per cent increase in just 24 months.

Game On kicked off Australia-wide at the beginning of 2015 and had 26,469 students signed up in just 12 months.

Two years on, that number has more than doubled with a staggering 56,101 kids taking to the pitch – and 46 per cent are female.

Queensland Rugby Union Participation Manager Rama Chand said: “Game On is an important part of the participant pathway and is usually the first touch point for a new participant’s journey into Rugby.

“The teachers have been great and we encourage as many Queensland schools to be a part of this fun program in 2018.

“It is great to see schools engaging with Rugby using the Australian Sports Commission funding available to them.

“This year, we have seen strong growth in participation in primary schools and new participants to our code. We have seen big uplifts in the North Queensland region and Brisbane Metropolitan areas in particular.

“The Deadly 7s program from North to South has been popular and has provided opportunities for schools and isolated communities to get involved with Rugby.

“A highlight of the Deadly 7s program was in the Darling Downs region where over 800 kids in remote and rural areas with higher populations of indigenous communities participated in Rugby.

“It is evident that the partnership between the QRU and Rugby Australia is delivering better outcomes for the Deadly 7s program.”

Amongst the 461 schools signed up, 71 per cent were Government run compared to 64 per cent in 2016.

More than eleven thousand students have benefited from the initiative with almost half having an Indigenous heritage.

General Manager of Community Rugby and Strategy at Rugby Australia Andrew Larratt said: “With the help of the Australian Sports Commission, Game On has now reached hundreds of schools across the country.”

In other news, Viva 7s which is the touch version of Rugby 7s, is also rapidly growing in numbers with more than eight thousand youths now playing at their local school or club Australia-wide.

Schools interested in signing up in 2018 can head to sportingschools.gov.au/get-started/schools or viva7s.com.au/

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