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Katherine Gets It’s Game On

NT Rugby conducted a highly successful Game on Program and Viva 7s Gala Day during the recently completed School Term.

The Program reached 306 students across three schools with a split of 159/147 Boy/Girl ratio.

Game On provides the 'first taste of rugby' to primary school children across Australia.

It's a five-week program which is designed to prepare primary students for a healthy and active lifestyle. The program is implemented through three channels.


Game On Classroom resources are created to be relevant, current and useful for Australian teachers. The resources are closely linked to the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education (AC: HPE).

The Game On Classroom is made up of four different themes.


Heroes & Heroines

Fair Play



Game On, On The Field is a 40-minute session designed to be taken outdoors.

Students learn rugby skills through fun activities which build their confidence to a level where they enjoy a VIVA7s Carnival in the final week of the program.

Teachers have access to a comprehensive resource of skills based activities to deliver yourself or you have the opportunity to request an Australian Rugby accredited Game On Deliverer.


The program culminates with a VIVA7s Carnival is the ultimate showpiece for Game On.

VIVA7s is a new non-contact format of rugby. It promotes fun, energy, excitement and inclusiveness and is specifically designed to account for all skill-levels.

Four Katherine Primary Schools participated in the Gala Day with Katherine South’s home ground advantage securing a win over Casuarina St Primary in the Final.

Clyde Fenton finished third followed by MacFarlane.

The Kintore Street School participated in National Rugby week and were one of three runners-up who will be presented with autographed rugby balls

Kintore Street School is a special needs school with students aged from 5 through to 18 and their older students participated in rugby skills programs in the morning then shared those experiences with the younger students during recess and lunch.

NT Rugby plan to run the program again next year and hope St Joseph’s Catholic College accepts their invitation.

The Katherine Rugby Union are on the verge of establishing the first Junior Competition in the district.

It is anticipated approximately 45-50 will sign-up after 21 registered at the Sign On Day a fortnight ago.

Three players were selected to represent the Northern Territory Under 12 Team after a “Come and Try” Session last month.

It is hoped with regular competition more Katherine based players will be selected in all future NT Junior Rugby Union Teams.


Game On is free through the Australian Sports Commissions' 'Sporting Schools' Program. To book in a free 5-week program for your Primary School, please contact NT Rugby's Participation Development Manager Josh Phillips at or call (08) 8945 1444

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NT Rugby.