THE DEADLY 7's roared into the region last Thursday, with kids from Charleville State School taking a break from class to learn critical life lessons and skills from members of the Queensland Red's as part of Australia's first indigenous rugby program.
For Charleville State School student, Jackson Richards, the opportunity to learn from some of the best rugby players in the business was a once in a lifetime experience.
"It was a pretty special opportunity to have the Reds come down and teach us some skills,” he said.
"We learnt how to pass, hold the ball with two hands and learnt how to kick the ball properly.”
For many of the primary school students, it was their first taste of rugby while a large part of the program focused on the importance of education and keeping healthy.
Teacher, Kate Kearnan, said it was important for students to have life outside of school such as sporting activities.
"Sport is a really good way to let out any anger or problems that students may be having instead of violence and so programs like these is a good tool for us to use as teachers.”
Queensland Reds scrumhalf Moses Sorovi has been a driving force behind a number of indigenous initiatives and believes this one has big potential.
"Having spent time working with Queensland's indigenous youth, I've seen first hand the benefits that rugby can have with indigenous communities, both on and off the field.”
The Deadly 7's program first kicked off in 2016 and since then has reached 114 schools across the country. More than 10,000 students have benefited from the initiative with almost half having indigenous heritage.
The program draws on rugby role models such as Kurtley Beale and Mahalia Murphy.
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