BRONCOS and State of Origin star Matt Gillett was at Kawana to coach the kids of the Sunshine Coast Falcons Rugby League for Children of Different Abilities yesterday.
Despite playing for the Broncos on Friday night Mr Gillett made the early trip to the Coast to help kids with disabilities.
Mr Gillett said he loved being involved with Sunshine Coast programs.
"I'm very happy to be a part of this and help out the kids," he said. "Getting them involved with footy and seeing the smiles on their faces.
"It's definitely good to give back. Being a local I played most of my footy up here as a junior and it's a good opportunity to give back to the community."
Every week before the Falcons' home games the players run training drills for the kids before having a short 20-minute game.
The idea of the league is to give kids with a disability a chance to play team sports that they otherwise may never get to play.
Volunteer Nadine Krivkov said the league was designed as a stepping stone for those kids to transition into local league teams.
"One of the kids joined Nambour Crushers after last year and his parents said it never would have been possible if they didn't bring him here," she said.
"It's not just about the kids just coming down here and playing, it's about giving them the opportunity to go and transition into the local teams with confidence.
"So we develop their skills here so when they feel confident and ready they can join those teams and if that never happens this league is always here for them."
This year the participation of kids has doubled and the club have plans to continue growing the program across Australia.
Sunshine Coast Falcons Coach Greg Dreger said it was all about watching the kids grow.
"They are kids who don't usually get into that type of sport, whether it's rugby league or another sport we're just encouraging them to get out of their comfort zone," he said.
"It's all about confidence.
"First week they might come and just watch but by the end of it they're all out there joining in and they're just loving it.
"It's available to any kid on the Sunshine Coast, it doesn't matter if you don't have a league background. Just bring your kids along and let them enjoy themselves."
Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily