Intermediate School Rugby League

Counties Manukau Rugby League’s (CMRL) objective as a member of the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is to; promote, administer, foster and develop Rugby League throughout the Counties Manukau region, from "grass roots" level to national representative level and govern Rugby League providing guidance and exercise leadership in relation to Schools, Clubs, District Leagues, and their members.

Counties Manukau Rugby League deliver rugby league experiences to schools across the Zone to grow participation and club membership. This is done by offering;

Taster – deliver a short, fun, and exciting skill or game-based activity (15 – 20-minute slots) to up to 25 students at a time over a 5-hour period.

Upskilling – rugby league-specific coaching and training sessions are delivered to students in school with a view to developing a team(s). (4 – 8 sessions delivered over four weeks lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour).

Participation - Rugby League or Tag Cluster Festivals (depending on what season) are offered so every school team/player can test their skills against neighbouring schools.

Development – Coach and Referee courses are delivered to teachers, sports coordinators, and parents in charge of teams, who can then deliver the sport without the assistance of Counties Manukau Rugby League.

Membership – Link the schools to local clubs. This can be achieved by hosting festivals at club grounds, inviting club volunteers to coach a school team, and/or participating in festival event management. In-school coaching delivered by a club coach improves the opportunity to recruit new members.

Rugby League festivals offered outside of these confirmed dates are done without the approval of Zone leaders, CMRL and NZRL.