As the season draws to an end, a number of players and staff across all three grades are close to completing educational courses.
Remis Smith, Tyrone Phillips and Rhys Martin from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Inturst Super Premiership team, are on their way to finishing a Certificate 4 in New Small Business.
This course is being conducted by the Elite Athlete Business School and the boys have been meeting once a week to attend workshops and seminars.
The Elite Athlete Business School looks at educating the players in a range of small business ideas and models.
In addition, three other players in Jayden Oknubor and James Clarke and Tom Carr are currently in the process of completing their Certificate III and IV in fitness.
This course is being run by ONE Wellbeing and is designed for elite athletes to utilise their prior knowledge of fitness regimes and implement those into their work.
Whilst being involved in the sports industry provides the players with a foundation of knowledge, the course also looks at other sports and small business ideas.
The club also has seen ten of its NRL players and three Coaching staff all finish a short course in Community Services.
This course has taught the players and staff how to utilise their community skills to help others from different social and cultural backgrounds.
The program has provided a solid base for the players and staff to continue with further study if they are interested in this area as a career path, or just to give back to the community.
The majority of players from all three grades understand the importance of creating a life away from football because the harsh reality is that football is not forever. If they can put some steps in place now, their transition out of the game will be a lot easier.
The Education and Wellbeing department would like to congratulate all the players and staff for an excellent year off the field academically and look forward to continuing the hard work in 2018.