Logan Brothers Rugby League Club Inc.

U11s Rugby League Carnival, Logan

The LUCRF Super Community Program supported a rugby league carnival for 11-year-old children in the Logan area, south of Brisbane. 

The carnival brought more than 300 young rugby players together from the area to promote unity and tolerance within the multicultural community which had, in recent times, received adverse publicity due to clashes between different cultural groups.

Logan Brothers Rugby League ClubAlthough the rain tried its best to cause a cancellation, the players took great delight in playing in the mud and all participants enjoyed a fun day out. In addition to the on-field action, speakers from the Samoan, Maori and Aboriginal communities spoke to the children off the field, teaching them to appreciate different cultures, customs and beliefs.

Following the success of the carnival, a merit side was named to represent the Logan community in the Country Challenge game. It saw 25 boys and girls from 10 clubs participate in activities designed to encourage patience and harmony amongst children from diverse backgrounds. The program finished with the Logan merit team travelling to Pittsworth to play a match against a side from the Toowoomba area. 

The gathering of the various clubs not only presented an opportunity for the children to learn, but also gave parents the chance to travel to a new area, learn about different cultures and form new friendships.

Success stories

After listening to the cultural presentations off the rugby field, there was a noticeable increase in social interaction between players of different backgrounds. 

Reece, a tall, solid forward from Beenleigh, New Zealand, showed a lot of interest in learning about the Aboriginal heritage of another player, Matari, a smaller half-back player. It was encouraging to witness the interaction between them.

Teina, a Fijian boy, connected with Roy from Samoa. Although the boys come from two island cultures that normally compete with each other, they pair played well together during the game, and had a friendly laugh at each other’s accents off the field.

Lachlan, a young local from Logan, became good friends with Kodi, a young boy from Greenbank, New Zealand. Kodi tried to teach Lachlan how to do the haka, and both showed a great deal of enjoyment throughout the experience. They have since remained in contact with one another.  

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