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NSW Office of Sport 2 mins read

13 June 2024



NRL club Wests Tigers are getting behind a NSW Government campaign to keep kid’s sport fun this winter.


The Tigers have joined more than 250 sports clubs and associations and 32 State Sporting Organisations to support the Shoosh for Kids winter campaign which urges spectators at junior sport to keep sideline behaviour positive, so it remains fun for kids.


Rather than remaining completely silent, Shoosh for Kids is a reminder that if you don’t have something positive to say, then Shoosh for Kids.


The Tigers joined junior players from Concord Burwood Wolves at the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence at Concord this week where they got a chance to meet their heroes and share their experiences of why Shooshing for Kids is so important.


Chief Executive of the Office of Sport Karen Jones said:


“When attending junior sport we need to remember, it isn’t the NRL, EPL or NBL – it’s community sport.


“It’s a chance for kids to have fun, make friends and learn new skills.


“As adults, we wouldn’t perform our best if someone shouted at us.


“And as spectators, we need to ensure junior sport remains fun for kids so that they want to keep playing and can enjoy all the benefits that it offers.


“The message is simple, if you don’t have anything positive to say, Shoosh for Kids.”


Wests Tigers David Klemmer, who has three boys who play footy at weekends, is right behind the shoosh campaign:


“I think it’s really important that parents are always positive on the sidelines.


“Our kids are playing footy because they enjoy being with their mates and having fun.


“It’s their time, by all means be encouraging but don’t spoil it by going over the top.”


Concord Burwood Wolves President Glenn Bruce said:


“The Concord Burwood Wolves support the Shoosh for Kids program.


“Spectators who yell abuse at referees, players and officials are not welcome at our home ground.


“Just let the kids play and always be respectful to the people who allow our kids to play in a fun, safe and inclusive sport: the volunteers.


“Keep the cheer, ditch the fear, stop the bully, let’s play footy!”


The Shoosh for Kids program provides free resources to clubs and associations to share the message and help keep sport fun for junior players. For further information and to sign up to the campaign, visit:



Media contact: Steve Norris 0417 291 346


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