Brad Fittler headlines group of rugby league greats touring far west

HELPING OUT: Brad Fittler, pictured during a previous visit to the western area, is heading to state's far west this week.
HELPING OUT: Brad Fittler, pictured during a previous visit to the western area, is heading to state's far west this week.

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler, and former greats Mark O'Meley and Nathan Blacklock will cover more than 1650 kilometres and visit almost 450 students from eight different schools across three days this week in a bid to help disengaged youth stay in school.

The initiative between the NSWRL and NSW Police will see Fittler visit primary and high schools in Walgett, Brewarrina and Bourke as part of a program which could see students earn a trip to Sydney to train with their heroes before an NRL game.

The visits from Tuesday to Thursday will include workshops on wellbeing, respect and bullying followed by a skills and drills clinic to help children with their hand and eye co-ordination.

Fittler has always been eager to help children after founding Hogs For The Homeless for Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.

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He has travelled thousands of kilometres through that program, having stopped in Dubbo in the past while also previously helping lay the new surface at Wellington's Kennard Park.

"There are some serious issues confronting kids in the bush and it's humbling to think that my visit could help make a difference to them," Fittler said of this week's tour.

"I can't stress enough how important it is for the kids out here to attend school every day and learn something which could help turn their lives around.

"The initiatives the NSWRL and the NSW Police have come up with are great and give the kids a real chance to see their Rugby League heroes in person."

The program will continue in 2020 with visits to other schools across regional NSW including Nyngan, Cobar and Lightning Ridge.

Fittler and his team will be in Walgett on Tuesday, Brewarrina on Wednesday, and round out the trip by stopping at Bourke on Thursday.