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Budding Warriors get tips

ESTHER LAUAKI
Last updated 05:00 08/06/2012
Pt England

IN TRAINING: Warriors assistant coach Tony Iro with the Point England winners from last year's competition.

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Primary school pupils will get the chance to learn how to be Warriors on the sports field.

Auckland Rugby League teams up with Sport Auckland to host the Tony Iro Shield competition in Mt Wellington next week.

The tournament will be held at War Memorial Park on June 12.

Sport Auckland event co-ordinator Shaun Campbell says the tournament aims to encourage primary schools from the eastern suburbs to get involved in rugby league.

League legend Stacey Jones will be running some pre-tournament training sessions with the schools competing in the lead-up to the big day.

Training sessions times with Jones will be held at Panmure Bridge School, Tamaki Primary, Bailey Road School and Stanhope Road School.

He'll be teaching a new Backyard league concept to teams to make it easier for schools to teach the sport.

"Backyard league is New Zealand Rugby League's newest in school teacher and student resource. It gives teachers an easy way of running in class sessions and gives children the chance to learn the basic skills of rugby league quickly and put them into action.

"Programmes like Backyard league and Kiwisport programmes funded by Sport Auckland provide children with a good fundamental skill base that prepares them for lifelong participation in sport."

Warriors and Kiwis assistant coach Tony Iro played league for New Zealand and was a past pupil at Glenbrae School.

Iro and Warriors coach Bluey McClennan, accompanied by some junior Warriors players will be at the shield tournament to inspire kids on the field.

There are 14 teams registered across two grades.

The Tony Iro Shield will start at 10.30am and run until 2pm.

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- East And Bays Courier

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