Christchurch schools and the Global Games were on the schedule when the Warriors Community Foundation visited the Garden City recently.
The core purpose of the southern trip was to deliver the foundation's mental and physical wellbeing programme - Prepare to Perform - to six primary schools as well as supporting the Global Games at the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub.
Ambassador Ruben Wiki was joined by foundation staff Charlotte Scanlan, Kenzie Wiki, Kanyon Paul and Petrece Kesha as they connected with more than 1100 pupils at Halswell, Opawa, Kirkwood Intermediate, Waitakiri and Russley schools as well as Te Aratai College.
Following the day of school visits, the foundation team linked with the Sky Sport Roadshow at the Global Games where more than 600 children took part in a festival of junior rugby league.
The ethos of the Global Games is to give all junior players the opportunity to participate against clubs and teams from around the country and the world on a foundation of sportsmanship, enjoyment and friendship; all the while creating lifelong memories with their mates on tour.
Founder and director Ty Campbell dreamt up the idea of the games while on his OE in Scotland.
Support for the event came from the Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Rugby League and the Warriors Community Foundation.
“The Global Games epitomises all the great things of being part of a team. It’s a great advert for rugby league and engaging tamariki,” said Warriors Community Foundation CEO Lincoln Jefferson.