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Today the Parramatta Leagues Club presented hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of community groups as part of its annual community grants program.

The Parramatta District Junior Rugby League is lucky to benefit from the Leagues Club, with its Eels Educate program receiving $10,000 to go towards its popular schools program.

Matt Phelan, who was present representing the District Rugby League, says the grant will go a long way to help the program grow.

"Eels Educate is fundamental to what Parramatta is in our district rugby league - we have a full time teacher engaged who works with 180-plus schools that we touch in our region," he said.

"We've got a fully-fledged classroom that we operate through the District Rugby League and the Parramatta Eels, and that money will go to facilitate new resources to go into the classroom to help us and assist the children on a daily basis."

Phelan says the Leagues Club is an incredible asset to the community, with the Eels Educate program expanding every year.

"It's a curriculum based classroom program, where school kids come to us and learn about topics they want to touch base with - be it rugby league, anti-bullying, leadership - and we tailor the programs depending on what each individual school wants."

He also touched on the decision to move next Monday's game from ANZ Stadium to Parramatta Stadium, which will be the Parramatta Eels' final home game for the 2013 season.

"I'd like to thank everyone who's been involved over the last couple of weeks, ensuring we could bring the game back to Parramatta Stadium," he said.

"It's a nice way to thank our members, players and supporters at our spiritual home of Parramatta Stadium."
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