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Lockridge Primary School kids with the State of Origin shield, who will be representing Queensland on Sunday at Optus Stadium during a half time ‘Little Origin’ rugby league clash.

Kids’ opportunity of a lifetime

TEN lucky kids from Lockridge Primary School will take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this weekend when they get the chance to play rugby league in front of 60,000 people.

The school entered a competition to take part in round 2 of State of Origin which is being played on Sunday at Optus Stadium in Perth and out of over 500 schools, they won.

The school’s sport teacher, Phil Oliphant, says the opportunity is about much more than just a game.

“A lot of the kids here come from broken homes,” he said.

“A third of the students here are in care and there’s a lot of trauma, a lot of domestic violence at home.

“Being a part of this has been a fantastic experience for them.”

Only two schools in WA were selected to play a game of rugby league at half time during Sunday’s big match, known as Little Origin, which will be played in front of a packed stadium, as well as being televised around the country.

Lockridge Primary School will be representing Queensland in the game against South Halls Head Primary kids who are representing the blues, New South Wales.

On Wednesday this week, the students were treated to a visit from former NRL player Clinton Toopi who took along the State of Origin Shield that the two eastern states are fighting for.

The opportunity for Lockridge Primary School also included a $5000 grant that will be used for a mental health wellbeing mural on the school grounds and some extra rugby league equipment.

Mr Oliphant said many of the students taking part had never been exposed to team sports or knew what rugby league was prior to the experience.

“The kids love contact, especially the girls,” he said.

“They’ve got a lot of anger in them and this has been a great outlet for that.

“They only get sports once a week but because of this they’ve been training every day for the last three or four weeks so we’ve seen a huge improvement in behaviour in the classroom.”

The children will also get to take part in an official NRL clinic hosted by an NRL legend, gain access to a bespoke NRL League stars learning session and experience a stadium tour ahead of the game.

By Rebecca Peppiatt

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