The Rugby League World Cup trophy has visited Kings Langley Public School in a rare trip to western Sydney.
The trophy’s visit was part of the Sports 4 Kids school holiday program.
Run at Kings Langley Public School by Matthew Figures, a teacher at the school, during the holidays, he said it was a great talking point for the children.
“It was a wonderful experience for the kids,” he said.
“They got up close and personal with it and learned about the history of it. There was a bit of an education about it.
“The NRL officer Mitchell was very informative about it, telling the kids that the trophy went missing for 20 years and someone found it and the kids were very engaged but they were just excited because they all got up close to it and all got photos with it.”
There will be just two matches in Sydney – at Allianz Stadium – during the World Cup with Lebanon playing pool matches against England and Australia.
The group from Sports 4 Kids was the first group in Sydney to see the trophy ahead of the World Cup, with the Cup set to spend much of the tournament in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Figures said it helped the children to get excited about the sport.
The Sports 4 Kids program fills the void left by a former Blacktown City Council program, encouraging children with sport, health and fitness during the school holidays, with many different sports on offer.
Figures also mentioned the experiences are another big draw card with the Parramatta Eels sponsoring the program but sportspeople such as Wests Tigers player Josh Aloiai attending the last event and plans to try to get the GWS Giants down in the future.
“It just gives the kids the opportunity to listen and speak to these players,” he said.
“All they have to do is shake the kids hands and say hello and the kids will remember it.”
The Rugby League World Cup starts on October 27 and will run until the World Cup final at Suncorp Stadium on December 2.
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