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Vodafone Warriors players are on a community blitz of Auckland schools today and tomorrow.

The club is taking its Harvey Norman Community Warriors initiative to all points of the compass around the city.

Today the players and Harvey Norman Community Warriors staff visited 12 schools to deliver an ACC SportSmart assembly today and will do the same at another 12so again tomorrow visiting a total of 24 schools.

Mixing and mingling with thousands of kids today were Charlie Gubb, Chris Satae, Solomone Kata, Albert Vete, Bunty Afoa, James Bell, David Fusitu’a, Jazz Tevaga, Toafofoa Sipley, Patrick Sipley, Ofahiki Ogden, Bureta Faraimo, Junior Pauga and Matt Allwood.

With two players going to each school they visited St Mary’s School, Chelsea Primary School, Glenfield Primary School, Sunnyvale School, Holy Cross Catholic School, West Harbour School, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School, Mount Albert Primary School, Richmond Road Primary School, The Gardens School, Yendarra School and Jean Batten Primary School.

Tomorrow the playing group travelling around Auckland will visit Birkdale Primary School, Birkdale North School, Beach Haven Primary School, Henderson Valley School, Henderson Primary School, Henderson North School, Oranga Primary School, Riverina School, Elm Park School, Mangere Bridge School, Mangere Central School and Glen Innes School.

Mate Ma’a Tonga internationals Albert Vete and David Fusitu’a visited Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School to help with Tongan Language Week celebrations.

This provided an opportunity for students to hear first-hand what it is like to be a Vodafone Warrior while learning about their upbringing, rugby league experiences and how important their Tongan culture is to them.

The ACC SportSmart programme focuses on sport performance and injury prevention. The programme is built around the four Es of injury prevention – education, enforcement (laws and rules of the game), engineering (player equipment) and environment (physical behaviour).

The Harvey Norman Community Warriors’ version of the ACC SportSmart programme has been modified to educate kids on basic ways to maintain their own wellbeing while relating it back to the life of a professional rugby league athlete.

The ACC SportSmart assemblies include a brief introduction to the sport rugby league, a trivia quiz with prizes and an emphasis on the importance of sleep, hydration and belonging.  

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