Past NRL and current NRLW stars will visit regional communities across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia this week as part of the NRL 'Your Local Club' Road to Regions program.
Following a tough 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and bushfires, the initiative aims to support the wellbeing of remote communities.
NRL ambassadors and NRLW players will host educational school programs, visit local rugby league clubs and participate in community events.
The areas selected have limited opportunity to engage with the elite men's and women's talent they see on television.
"The NRL 'Your Local Club' Road to Regions program is an important annual initiative that aims to support regional and remote communities and support rugby league's growth," said NRL head of participation and community, Luke Ellis.
The NRL Road to Regions program. ?Supplied "This year we have selected regions where rugby league competitions were impacted by COVID-19. We also work hard to ensure that different regions are visited annually.
"Throughout the week NRLW players and former NRL stars will visit local schools to deliver the LeagueStars Inspire program, promoting education and wellbeing messages, as well as supporting rugby league clubs by promoting Club Rugby League registrations.
"The Roads to Regions program is so important in supporting passionate rugby league communities. It is great that we can provide the opportunity for players to travel to these regions and meet the communities in person.
"Our partnership with Clubs NSW
is invaluable. We share common goals of promoting health and wellbeing and supporting regional and remote communities, and slubs are such an important financial supporter of rugby league."
Ex-Eels forward David Gower, who retired at the end of last season, will visit areas in NSW's Central West from Monday to Wednesday alongside Dragons NRLW captain Kezie Apps and Roosters legend Mitch Aubusson.