Healthy Families Hutt Valley and Wellington Rugby League are partnering for impact on a range of new initiatives to normalise positive health behaviour in environments where whānau live, learn, work and play.

Across many sporting codes there has been a significant shift towards player wellbeing which goes beyond just the game. Through this approach Wellington Rugby League are creating a movement to change the way things are done in sport.

With the support of Healthy Families Hutt Valley, Wellington Rugby League are redesigning their processes and polices to align to the health and wellbeing of their players and wider whānau.

Andre Whittaker CEO Wellington Rugby League says “This partnership approach has added value to the way we do things here at Wellington Rugby League by collectively recognising the opportunities that we have as a sports code to enable wellbeing alongside helping us bring this vision to life.”

“We can leverage the reach we have within our communities by ensuring we are providing safe and healthy spaces where our players, their whānau and visitors spend time.” 

“It’s more than a game, it’s about whānau and this is at the heart of everything we do.”

One of the newest initiatives being powered by Wellington Rugby League is smokefree sport. This goes beyond the traditional smokefree sidelines and aims to change lives through the power of rugby league. 

The joint approach of creating healthy physical sporting environments and being positive role models for our tamariki and rangatahi enables and supports players and whānau to be well and thrive.  

“Wellington Rugby League’s leadership in creating healthy environments highlights the role that we can all play to invest in our people, reach them in the spaces where they gather and create positive outcomes. By sharing learnings and experiences across the sporting sector we can normalise healthy behaviour” says Hayley Buchan, Manager Healthy Families Hutt Valley.