Wests Group Macarthur is injecting $350,000 into the grassroots rugby league scene across the Macarthur region, benefitting both Wests Tigers Macarthur Junior Rugby League and Group 6 Rugby League conference for the upcoming 2024 season.

Presenting a cheque at the Wests Tigers Home Game at Campbelltown Stadium, the group’s chairman Alan Buxton emphasised the organization’s commitment to rugby league, especially as Wests celebrates 50 years in the community.

“Rugby League has been the beating heart of Wests Group Macarthur since inception in 1974. Being able to support the past, present, and future of the game within Macarthur is a privilege we take seriously, and we are pleased to see the local conference continue to grow in 2024,” Mr Buxton said.

Wests’ contribution, facilitated through the ClubGRANTS scheme, supports 23 clubs and over 8,500 players in areas like Campbelltown, Liverpool, Camden, and Wingecarribee.

“This commitment goes a long way to aiding families to more affordable, easy, well-administered access to rugby league in the region,” chairman of the Wests Tigers JRL Board Daniel Draper said.

This initiative not only saves families an average of $60 per participant but also strengthens the league’s infrastructure through various in-kind support activities and inclusion of Macarthur Rugby League in the Wests Sports Council.

At the heart of Western Suburbs League Club, the flagship venue in Wests Group portfolio, is a historic connection with Rugby League and the Group 6 Rugby League competition – with the club originally built to support Campbelltown’s oldest rugby league team, the Campbelltown City Kangaroos with origins back to 1908.

The region has a history of producing Rugby League talent, including notable players like Lachlan Galvin, Ryan Hoffman, Anthony Minichiello, and James Tedesco.

David Trodden, CEO of NSW Rugby League, extended appreciation to Wests Group Macarthur for their support, emphasizing the importance of strong junior participation in shaping the future of Rugby League.

“The Macarthur Conference allows more efficient competitions for players of varying ability and better opportunity for recruitment and retention of current players,” Chairman of the Group 6 Junior Rugby League, Mark Dooner said.

The launch event at Campbelltown Stadium featured participation from a group of enthusiastic Junior League players across the Macarthur region.