Australian Rugby Union
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is thrilled to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards. Australian Rugby prides itself on igniting the passion of our fans and instilling pride in our members. We cement our position as one of the world’s leading rugby nations and, most importantly, will remain true to the values that define us.
Passion – Integrity – Discipline – Respect - Teamwork
The ARU is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for rugby union, we offer schools and coaches quality programs that encourage children to participate in this great sport.
“It’s fantastic! It’s more about the kids having fun but hopefully underlying that they learn a lot of lessons about healthy living, lifestyle and teamwork and values that will hold them in good stead.”
Stirling Mortlock, former Wallaby.
The ARU products
GAME ON is ARU's national primary school program, designed to increase the participation gateway in schools. The program introduces participants to the skills and core values required to play traditional rugby and is a mix of non–contact classroom and field based sessions. The program culminates with a school carnival celebrating all that has been learnt during the Sporting Schools program.
Foxtel VIVA7s introduces participants to the skills and core values required to play traditional rugby XVs and 7s, in a fun, safe, non-contact environment. Foxtel VIVA7s is available for both primary and secondary schools and is a tackle-less game. We prefer free-movement, creativity and evasiveness over getting tackled to the ground. Modified rules allow for various ages to play and have fun together in the same team.
Schools Rugby 7s is aimed at secondary school students that are interested in learning the specific skills and competencies on how to play Rugby 7s. The program introduces students to a fun, fast format of rugby and expands on the student’s abilities, learning techniques in a safe environment with a qualified coach. Class sessions can include a mix of Rugby 7s skills, modified match play and game practice.
Teachers and coaches are our assets
The ARU values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the ARU program within Sporting Schools.
Game On: Una McKay
Phone: (02) 8005 5598
Schools Rugby 7s: Jess Wethered
Phone: (02) 8030 3336
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