The Dyldam Parramatta Eels squad visited more than 70 schools and more than 15,000 students in the Parramatta region yesterday, Tuesday 16 February, as part of the NRL Community Carnival.
The Eels delivered wellbeing messages to schools yesterday, following on from their previous School Blitz in the Northern Territory last week, with a particular focus on proper hydration and sleep and encouraging a sense of belonging.
"It's a fantastic day for the club. We get to get out there amongst the community and at the grassroots level which is vital for our game going forward," said second-rower David Gower.
"The kids are really happy to see us and it puts a smile on our face knowing they enjoy us coming hear and listening to what we have to say. It's only a short time we get to spend with them but hopefully we can leave a lasting impression."
"It's really important, especially in society nowadays that kids understand about healthy balanced diets, sleep, hydration and how important they really are for growing bodies." Gower added.
This is the 16th year of the NRL Community Carnival, with more than 250,000 students reached as part of Carnival visits in 2015.
Programs are curriculum linked and endorsed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), responsible for the national curriculum, assessment and reporting of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.