The Jetstar Gold Coast Titans will visit thousands of school children in the Northern Rivers region next week as part of a five-day promotional blitz in more than 25 schools.

The BCU Gold Coast Titans Development team, in conjunction with Australian Rugby League Development and Country Rugby League, will visit 26 schools located from Brunswick Heads in the north to Wardell in the south and Rukenvale in the west.

The five-day blitz is aimed at promoting rugby league in the area in the lead-up to the club’s eagerly anticipated trial match against the New Zealand Warriors at Lismore’s Oakes Oval on Saturday, February 28.

Among the 26 schools to be visited by the Titans Development team are the former schools of Jetstar Titans NRL squad members Will Matthews (Rukenvale Public School) and David Mead (Lismore Heights Public School).

The Titans playing squad are currently in Darwin preparing for this weekend’s trial match against Cronulla before attention turns to next week’s trip to Lismore.

To culminate the week-long blitz, the Titans will be running a free ‘Come and Try’ coaching clinic for kids aged five and up at Oakes Oval on Friday afternoon which coincides with the NRL side’s open training session.

The session will be the players’ final hit-out before the trial match against the Warriors, with autograph signings to follow training.

Local coaches in the region will also have the chance to sit in the stands with a member of the first grade coaching staff while the NRL squad are put through their paces and drills are explained.

“The Northern Rivers is an important part of our catchment area and next week presents a great opportunity for the Titans to get out into schools in the region and promote rugby league,’’ said Titans managing director Michael Searle.

“The ‘Come and Try’ coaching clinic is also a great way for boys and girls to have a go at learning some of the skills involved in playing rugby league.’’

Tickets are still available for the Jetstar Titans v Warriors clash and can be purchased through the Lismore Workers Club on (02) 6621-7401.

A list of activities and school visits for next week is included below:

Come & Try Coaching Clinic

Date – Friday, February 27

Location – Oakes Oval

Time – 4pm registrations for a 4.30pm start

Cost – FREE

Details – fun rugby league experience for boys and girls aged 5 to 14 years. Children will learn some of the skills of the game and participate in rugby league lead up games, in a safe and fun environment.

Coaching Update

Date – Friday, February 27

Location – Oakes Oval

Time – 4pm until 5.30pm

Cost – FREE

Details – A member of the 1st Grade Coaching staff (Trevor Gillmeister, Steve Murphy or John Cartwright) would be in the stands with the coaches explaining the session. This will be followed by an informal question and answer time with all coaching staff available. This is a fantastic opportunity for coaches to learn some of the current coaching techniques, while watching the stars of the NRL go through their paces.

LISMORE GAME DEVELOPMENT TOUR

Brunswick Heads Public School
St Finbarr’s Byron Bay
Bangalow Public School
St Francis Ballina
Ballina Public School
Southern Cross
St Joseph’s Alstonville
Alstonville Public School
Rukenvale Public School
Lennox Public School
St Joseph’s Coraki
Coraki Public School
Broadwater Public School.
Wardell Public School
Wyrallah Road Public School
Wilson Park
St Carthages
Lismore Public School
Caniaba Public School
Our Lady of Lourdes
Albert Park P.S
Lismore Heights P.S
Our Lady Help of Christians
Goonellabah Public School
Byron Bay Public School.