NSW Education LIVE – Alan Tongue

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Duration – 23:19

NRL legend Alan Tongue shares a lesson on respect that he learnt on and off the field.

Transcript

Alan Tongue

Good day, it's Alan Tongue here from the National Rugby League, and it's great to be able to team up with the NSW Department of Education in their live stream classroom. I wanna start by acknowledging the traditional owners on the land in which we meet and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging. It's great to be able to share the love of Rugby League, but some important social messages that I want you to think about in your own lives. They're really important to me and I really believe they're important to you. I wanna say a big thank you to all the moms and dads, the school teachers and also to you students, for all the hard work that you've been doing. It is some challenging times, but stick together, you're doing a great job, you're doing a really, really good job. So, I've got a couple others on my team to help me out here today and I want to introduce them. I've got my son and daughter, we've got Heidi and also Jim who's coming across here. I've also got Steve, another work colleague of mine who's on the camera at the moment. His daughter Lilly, who's gonna help us out with the messages today around this word respect. But before we get into that topic, what I want you to do, is really important that throughout this we need a footy. Or if you've got a tennis ball, a netball, a soccer ball, I want you to grab that and bring that into the lesson. Also, if you can grab a blank bit of paper and a pen, this is really gonna be helpful for the work that we're going to do today. Okay, so you've got one minute. I want you to grab a football, soccer ball, hockey ball, whatever it is you get, and also a blank bit of paper and a pen. Righto, time to go. Here we go, let's go and get it. Anyway, come across, what have we got over here? Heidi, you got some paper, fantastic! I've got some blank paper there to start us off. Okay, Lilly you've got a little footy there too, so I've got a footy over there as well. What have you got? James brought over a netball, fantastic. Good work and also a tennis ball. Okay, so whatever it is that you can do, well grab that and we'll get into it. So a blank bit of paper, a pen or a pencil and a ball of any type that you can get. Who's missing rugby leagues? Is it just me? I'll tell you what, I can't wait for it to get back on our TV screens and be able to go to the games. It won't be too long away let me tell you, but let's take an opportunity now, to look back at some of the great highlights from the 2019 season.

Highlights video announcer

[uplifting music]

No way!

You're kidding!

No way!

That's outrageous!

Is that the best you've ever seen? That is unbelievable!

Tries to turn Damon inside out, this is electric, what a try! Oh this kid, can he run!

That's beautiful to watch.

Now Ponga skips away, what about the footwork, we applaud always.

Moses is away! Conner is coming, Moses is gonna get there! Mitchell Moses!

He'll come back to the middle of the park. Aitken has got no one to pass it to, here he goes through himself. Aitken! Aitken is gonna win the go, is he? He gets there, and acquires a go and a win. That is amazing!

They're gonna get it.

It opens a passing to for, Keenan has failed, here comes Laila, sensational rugby league. It's scintillating rugby league, fabulous race work.

And he comes out on the other side, he's over the falling, he's very quick, he's over the 20 and in the 10, he goes a long, long way.

It gets no better than that!

That is amazing, that is ridiculous

Alan Tongue

How good is that, some of the great moments from the 2019 rugby league season, and hopefully, we're gonna get some footy back on our screens soon. But I wanna ask you the question. When you see some of those wonderful highlights, what are some of the important characteristics or values, that makeup a successful and happy team? Some important characteristics and values, that makeups successful, happy teams? I want you to think about that. And I want you to share that with your mom, your dad, your brother, your sister, or think about it to yourself, some of those values and characteristics. And after watching that video, Lilly, what are some really important characteristics that stand out to you?

Lilly

Teamwork.

Alan Tongue

Teamwork, I think that is a really, really important element in rugby league but in life and you saw that in those videos. So teamwork, a really important characteristic value. What about you, Jim?

Jim

Friendship.

Alan Tongue

Friendship, yeah, the sides that do really well. The healthy ones, they're great friends. They might not always see eye to eye, but at the end of the day, they're really, really great friends. That's such an important element. And Heidi, what about you?

Heidi

Skills, having great skills.


Alan Tongue

Yeah, having great skills. That's really important, isn't it? Unique, you saw some of those magic tries of footwork, the speed, the kicking ability and all of those great skills that our Rugby League players have. And absolutely, that's important in happy and healthy teams. But some of the important elements that we talk about at the National Rugby League that are so vital in any great teams are the ones that have respect, the ones that embrace diversity and inclusion, the ones that talk about support and gratitude, Are really, really important elements of successful and happy and healthy teams. But today I wanna focus on this word respect. Or, pass the footy the way you'd like to?

Jim

Receive it.

Alan Tongue

Receive it. Receive it, fantastic! Passing the ball the way you'd like to receive it. And so what I need you to do now, is with your mom or your dad, with your brother or your sister, I want you to grab that football, that netball, whatever it is, tennis ball, pair of all footy socks that are wrapped up. Whatever it is that you need to do. And I want you to get your teammate and I want you to come out and you need to be about two meters apart. One, two, a bit over. That social distancing that we've all been doing so, so well. And with your teammate, all I want you to do, we're, I talk a little bit about the way that you pass a rugby league ball or a netball if you've got that, whatever it is.

But, one of the first elements that you need to do is, you need to hold the football, like a hamburger. Lilly would you wanna hold that? Show me how you're holding the football like a hamburger. So be careful that you don't spill any of the beetroot, out of the hamburger there, won't you? It's really important, now grip and taking a hold of the football, all the message that we're trying to bring is really, really important, okay? Now the next part, so this is when we go to teach you how to pass a footy, we dip a little bit with a footy. We pop onto the outside of our leg, and then we push that football across. We dip when we swing, we push that football across and then we pass through our teammate. What I want you to do, why don't you get your pointers up and point to them as you, after you pass the footy. Let me show you a little demonstration with Jim and then Lily, you're gonna master it for me. Holding it like a hamburger. We dip, we swing and we pass across and we point to our partner. Okay, Jim, you do it again. Pass it back to me. You dip, you swing and pass back and really important for the person that's receiving the ball, I want you to get your hands up. Your double use, your butterflies, whatever you want to call them. And get the hands out ready to receive that message. And what are you gonna do? Just you're gonna get 30 passes as quick as you can. If you drop the ball, you drop the ball, that's okay. We reload and we go again. So we've gotta get the 30 passes. Ready? Jim and Lily are gonna do a little demonstration and you're gonna counter that as you go. Ready, set, go! Here we go.

Jim

One, two, three, four

Alan Tongue

Good, passing the footie–

Jim

Five, six.

Alan Tongue

the way you'd like to receive it, good work.

Jim

Seven, eight, nine,

Alan Tongue

Good.

Jim

10, 11, 12

Alan Tongue

Good, Lilly's counting here too now

Jim and Lily

14, 15, 16

Alan Tongue

Good, hands up ready to catch that footy.

Jim and Lily

18

Alan Tongue

Good, Lilly well done!

Jim and Lily

19, 20


- Ten to go, good.

Jim and Lily

21, 22, 23

Alan Tongue

Great passing.

Jim and Lily

24

Alan Tongue

Good, dip and swing,

Jim and Lily

25.

Alan Tongue

Push it across.

Jim and Lily

26.

Alan Tongue

Good!

Jim and Lily

27, 28, 29.

Alan Tongue

Well done! Well done, good work! That's great. So, a little passing activity, getting in and pushing that pass back and forth across. Some really important elements in rugby league. But the message behind it there. And if Heidi I'll get you to come back in here, We talk about that message of respect. And I wanna actually ask you that question. Is what is respect? What does that word respect mean to you? Now if I ask you Heidi around that word, respect. What does that mean to you?

Heidi

Looking after others.

Alan Tongue

So, it's really important that when you think about this word respect, it's about looking after others, about caring for others. What about you, Jim?

Jim

Thinking about the people around me.

Alan Tongue

So being really thoughtful about the people that are around you, so you think about those people. How they're feeling, how they're behaving, aware of their feelings and emotions. What about you, Lily?

Lily

When you're listening to others, being like, acknowledge when someone's talking to you?


Alan Tongue

Fantastic, so, we talk about being present. Yeah, so listening and giving people your attention. So that's a really, really important. At the NRL we talk about respect, being thinking and acting in a positive way toward yourself, but also towards others. Thinking and acting in a positive way toward yourself, but also towards others. And today we're gonna be focusing on that message of respect, but showing that towards yourself the ways which we can care for ourselves, which is really, really important. And if we think about it, it's about looking after your body. Being aware of your feelings and emotions. It's about understanding why is it we need to be confident and building on those skills. At the start with Jim and Lily, they mightn't have been hugely confident with passing the footy over a couple of meters to start off. But as they build up their confidence, by showing that respect. They kept giving things a go, they got better and better at it and got those 30 passes out pretty quick. Which was fantastic. So respect is about developing those confidence, funner ways to get better. It's okay if we don't get it right the first time, but giving things a go and doing our best, that's a really, really important element to showing respect toward yourself. One of the great things about our game is, apply all their personalities, but how important respect is in their lives. And so what I'm gonna get you to do now, is watch a little video from our players as they talk about respect and why it's really, really important to them in rugby league but also in their lives.

On screen text

How do you show respect towards yourself?

Blake Green, New Zealand Warriors

I show respect towards myself by surrounding myself with positive people. I think it's important to surround yourself with people that fill yourself with confidence and belief.

Daniel Alvaro, Parramatta Eels

I show respect to myself by eating really healthy and getting plenty of sleep. I found out that makes me feel good about myself and play my best footy.

Iosia Soliola, Canberra Raiders

One of the ways I like to respect myself is by setting goals. It gives me a sense of purpose, and it gives me direction.

Blayke Brailey, Cronulla Sharks

Just making sure I respect my mind. For me that's listening to music. I've got some favorite songs that put me in a good headspace and put me in a positive mood to play at my best.

Corey Oates, Brisbane Broncos

I show respect to myself by the food I put my body. I do love a treat, but you also gotta be very cautious of your foods and your greens that you have. I put plenty in.

Stephan Rochecouste, Wheelchair RL

I respect myself every single morning by doing my hair, making sure I brush my teeth and also do my skincare, as well.

Darius Boyd, Brisbane Broncos

Another way I show respect to myself is limiting screen time. Making sure I'm spending time with my mates outside in the fresh air.

Simaima Taufa, Sydney Roosters

It's more than just physical activity, by making sure your mental health is good as well.

Michael Morgan, North Queensland Cowboys

I show respect towards myself by making sure I have a healthy breakfast every day I normally have a few white bakes, plenty of fruit and water throughout the day to make sure physically and mentally I'm feeling really good.

Kezie Apps, St George Illawarra Dragons

I show respect towards myself by making sure I go to bed at a reasonable time and ensuring I'm off all devices at least half an hour before I go to sleep.

Joel Thompson, Many Warringah Sea Eagles

To show respect to myself, I reinforce positive thoughts. So, if I get a negative thought, I reinforce the positive things that I have in my life.

Alan Tongue

So some great messages there from our NRL stars, around this word respect and how they apply it to their lives and why it is so, so important. And I wonder what you took away from that. Some of the messages that you go, well, that really resonated or that really sang loudly to me in my life. Something that's really, really important. Respect and this respect for yourself. And Lily, if I ask you about some of the messages that you took away from the video, what did you take away that a player said?

Lily

Some of them said eating healthy.

Alan Tongue

Yeah, so they spoke about this word respect and eating healthy, their diet was really, really important, a great way to show respect towards themselves. Was that one that you wrote down or you thought about? Jim what about you, what did you think of?

Jim

Said screen time, limiting screen time.

Alan Tongue

Yeah, so someone talked about screen time, which is a challenge, isn't it? In the place that we're in at the moment where so much is done online, but it's important we still limit it. And when it's time to put things away and put things down and move on, we really need to do that and get outside in the fresh air and make the most of it. It's a great to show respect towards ourselves. Heidi, what did you take away?

Heidi

Said what we always say, setting goals.

Alan Tongue

Said, a great way of showing respect towards himself is by setting goals. It's a really, really important element to showing respect to yourself and in your lives. Okay, now it's time to get that pen and bit of paper. Okay, So I want you to grab your pen and your bit of paper. And I'm gonna demonstrate on the whiteboard over here. So, what I want you to do, on your bit of paper that you've got there, I want you to write up the top nice big letters, this word respect, R-E-S-P-E-C-T. This word, respect, which is so, so important. I'll get Heidi here to come in and underneath that I want you to draw a stick figure. A person that represents you. You can make it as simple, as pretty or whatever it is that you like in the middle here. This word respect. Fantastic, and around that person, I want you to draw some arrows and to these arrows, I want you to write down some words, some statements that you took away from the videos. Which were really important to you. Now, wanna ask Lilly, Jim, and Heidi, some of the messages that they took away, remember Lily spoke about this word diet. So thinking about the food that we eat is really, really important. That was an important message that Lilly took away from the video there before. When I chatted to Jim, limit screen time. So, make sure that when we're out, we need to be on our screens and our devices that we do and make the most of that time. But when it's time to put them down that we do that as well. Heidi said from Sierra the Raiders, he said about setting goals. I bet, setting small little goals is a great way of showing respect towards yourself. So a really, really important thing. I wonder what stood out to you. I want you to fill in these arrows. I know one thing that stood out to me and when I think about how I can show respect to myself is getting a really good night's sleep. Casey abs spoke about it in the video there too about making sure they're off devices, at least a couple hours before we got asleep is really, really important. So, sleep is such an important way of showing respect towards yourself. So what I want you to do, I want you to on your piece of paper, write down that word, respect. Put the stick figure person on there and put the arrows towards it. And see how many statements that you can write up around that you can show respect to yourself. That's activity number one. I've got another one for you coming up. Here we go, activity number two for you after we've done a little whiteboard on your bit of paper session there. Is what I need you to do now is going back to our little passing activity that we did here. Still standing in the markers, a couple of meters apart, and this time there's gonna be three little variations here for you and what we're gonna start off, Heidi's gonna come across in this first one and we're gonna use the tennis ball. That's the ball that we've got in the first little activity. I want you to really challenge yourself here. Maybe even set a little goal, set a target for how many passes that you wanna get. Maybe do it for 30 seconds, have a bit of a rest, and then try it again for 30 seconds and see if you can beat that number that you did. So what it is, after you pass the tennis ball, the football, the basketball, the netball, whatever it is that you've got, you've gotta do two star jumps. Then you pass it back and then you do two start ups. And we go back and forth and we time ourselves 30 seconds as many passes as we can. We'll give you a little demonstration here. So Heidi will pass it across, as she does to pairs of star jumps started dumps. I got across one, two, pass it across again. One, two and start to test your partner out. Here we go. Here we go, one, two, yup. Go, one two, go on. Well done, dropped it. Here we go, here we go. One, two. Well done, go Heidi, good. Look at that, well done. So that's the first one there, get as many passes as you can. Never set a little target for you. Now the second one, Lilly's gonna come across here. And she has chosen the netball which is good. Now this time after we pass the ball, we're gonna do two squats. So, two squats there, after we pass the ball. Set the timer again. Now get a pass as many times as you can. Set and let's go with it. You've got to pass it, two squats Lilly, well done. Here we go, one, two, good, great pass. Here we go one, two, that's excellent. One, two and we go back again, beautiful. One, two, here it is. One, two, good, as many as you can. One, two, good. One, two, well done! That's perfect mate, Well done. And the last one. Jim's gonna come across and help me with this and he's chosen the football. Now in this little activity, after you pass the ball, you've got to go down and you got to hit your chest on the ground. So starting to get a bit harder here, but make sure you look after your bodies when you're getting up and down off the ground. Get your mom and daddy involved. Get your brother and sister involved. So after we pass the footy, we go down and we hit the ground. So, remember pass the ball nicely across, we come there and hit the ground and we pass back across. We go down, chest on the ground and back up. Oh there it is. Here we go, good and pass back across. Here we go, down, back up. There it is, back up and time yourself for 30 seconds and a bit of speed up. Good, good, nice, nice, good. And do that as many times as you can in that 30 seconds. Set a little bit of a goal, set a target, see how many you can do. Go through the stages, do it a couple of times because we spoke about this word, respect and an exercise is a great way of doing that, but I think we should hear from the players once again, about this message of respect.

On screen text

League Stars inspire respect.

James Tedesco, Sydney Roosters

League Stars, pass the ball the way you wanna receive it.

Dale Finucane, Melbourne Storm

League Stars, respect starts with caring for yourself.

Braidon Burns, South Sydney Rabbitohs

League Stars care for their body thoughts and friendships.

Blake Green, New Zealand Warriors

Respect is caring for others. Be a league star.

Iosia Soliola, Canberra Raiders

League Stars show respect for their teammates, classmates and teachers.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, New Zealand Warriors

Respect is understanding that we're all different but we are all stars in our own ways.

Ryan James, Gold Coast Titans

A League Star thinks and acts positively towards themselves and others.

Kezie Apps, St George Illawarra Dragons

League Stars inspire respect.

Marcelo Montoya, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

League Stars inspire respect.

Wade Graham, Cronulla Sharks

League Stars inspire respect.

On screen text

League Stars inspire respect.

Alan Tongue

So this message of respect, which is so important in rugby league but it's so important in our lives, in our communities, in our family homes. And we believe that that respect, it starts with yourself. Yeah, it's got a lot to do with others and we can expand on that later, but it starts with yourself. Thinking and acting in a positive way towards yourself. Now we gave you some exercise, drills there that you can do and that you can continue to do with your mommy, dad, your brothers, your sisters. But it's also about thinking positively in these tough times where you are missing your friends, where things are a little bit more challenging. We need to be able to just think positively and just do the best with what I've got. Sometimes we drop the footy, sometimes we make some mistakes, but it's about you just giving your best. I wanna thank you all for the opportunity, for tuning in and giving our message to you from here at the National Rugby League. And remember pass the footy, the way you'd like to?

Heidi, Jim and Lilly

Receive it.

Alan Tongue

Take care guys.

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