NEW South Wales Rugby League, in partnership with Score Zone, have donated more than $250,000 worth of football boots to numerous South Coast clubs that were affected by the summer bushfires.
Former State of Origin players Paul Sironen and Shaun Timmins, NSWRL chief executive David Trodden and Score Zone chief executive Patrick Molihan and managing director Greg Parker visited the Shoalhaven last week - where they distributed boots to players 12 years and under at the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs, Sussex Inlet Panthers, St Georges Basin Dragons, Cuburra Dolphins, Bomaderry Swamp Rats and Nowra Warriors.
The 'Blues Boots' goodwill gesture was part of a wider relief package devised by the NSWRL in February to assist regional rugby league clubs affected by the bushfires and comes after competitions resumed across the state on July 18 after being suspended over the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This has been a tough season for everyone and particularly for the communities and local clubs across NSW that are still coping with the effects of the bushfires," Trodden said in a statement.
"The NSWRL wanted to help out wherever we could and I'd like to thank Score Zone for supplying the new range of blue football boots so we can get kids back on the field playing footy.
"I hope they enjoy wearing them as much as we have in handing them out and I wish them all the very best for the rest of the season."
The other initiatives the NSWRL announced in February to assist communities and local clubs affected by the bushfires included funding insurance premiums for affected clubs and supplying all football requirements for affected clubs in conjunction with Steeden.