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Roosters star Luke Keary backs push to boost local sports

Selina Steele, May 16, 2021 2:15PM News Corp Australia Network

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Sydney Roosters player Luke Keary believes more coverage of local sport will help foster the NRL stars of the future. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images media_cameraSydney Roosters player Luke Keary believes more coverage of local sport will help foster the NRL stars of the future. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images


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Injured NRL star Luke Keary may be resting his boots but he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

The Roosters playmaker, out for the season with an ACL* injury, has thrown his support behind Kayo’s new campaign to support community sports clubs and given a shout out to his old club Hills District Bulls, in the Parramatta district.

The grassroots* campaign is all part of Kayo Sports announcing it will live stream local sports competitions across Australia.

In a bid to boost community sport in Australia, Kayo will stream matches from select local leagues across the country for free on Kayo Freebies.

“Local sport is not only a critical* part of the community but it’s critical to the success of elite* leagues and helping to produce the NRL stars of tomorrow,” Keary said.

NRL Rd 1 - Roosters v Sea Eagles media_cameraLuke Keary is a star of the Sydney Roosters but started his career at a local rugby league club. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

As part of the campaign, Kayo is providing 50 x $1000 cash grants to lucky rugby league and Aussie rules clubs in NSW and Victoria.

Participating clubs are also being given the chance to win one of 10 Ultimate Kayo Days at their local ground. This will include the presentation of the cash grant, a visit from the Kayo Toyota HiLux packed full of giveaways and games, and a special guest appearance by a sporting great.

Keary said it was great local sports were getting more attention.

“For local and grassroot sports leagues to now receive the attention they deserve and be streamed on Kayo is such a fantastic opportunity and helps bring national exposure* to an area of the community that is so important,” he said.

“I look back on my junior days fondly as some of the most memorable times of my career and I know how much the cash grants and Kayo Days would mean to local clubs and the kids.

“Kayo’s program and what it can give a local community club can make all the difference, and I hope to see clubs and their members alike take advantage of this opportunity and help boost community sport in their area.”

VFL Rd 4 - Footscray v Carlton media_cameraCarlton’s Tom De Koning goes up against Footscray’s Jesse Glass-Mccasker in a VFL match. VFL matches like this one will be live streamed as part of the local sports campaign. Picture: Mike Owen/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Competitions that will be streamed as part of Kayo’s local sports initiative* include:

  • Rugby league: Queensland Rugby League, Intrust Super Cup
  • Australian rules football: VFL
  • Cricket: Women’s National Cricket League and Club Cricket Finals
  • Field hockey: Hockey One
  • Basketball: National Junior Basketball Championships
  • Golf: NSW Open, QLD Open (on-demand)
media_cameraAdelaide Fire player Michaela Spano competes against Claire Colwill from the Brisbane Blaze during a Hockey One match. Picture: AAP Image/Kelly Barnes

Any local sports club in Australia will be able to register for a Kayo supporters sticker and complimentary* 12 month Kayo subscription.

Sports fans can access Kayo’s local sports coverage via Kayo Freebies by downloading the Kayo Sports app or visiting and registering for a free Freebies account.

media_cameraLocal sports will be live streamed for free via Kayo Freebies.


  • ACL: the anterior cruciate ligament is a key ligament that helps stabilise the knee joint
  • grassroots: basic level, involving ordinary people
  • critical: extremely serious or important
  • elite: top level
  • exposure: being able to experience something or be affected by it
  • initiative: new plan
  • complimentary: for free, no cost


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  1. What injury is Luke Keary recovering from?
  2. Which NRL team does Luke Keary play for?
  3. What is the name of his old club in the Parramatta district?
  4. How much money can rugby league and Aussie rules clubs when as part of the Kayo’s community sports campaign?
  5. Name two of the local sports Kayo will live stream.


1. Local sports survey
Survey your classmates about the local sports they play. Divide a sheet of paper into three columns. Write down the name of the sport in one column, the name of their club in a second column and the thing they love most about their sport in the third column.

What findings can you take from your survey? For example: how many different sports do your classmates play, which sports are the most popular, how many different clubs are your classmates involved in, what are the most common reasons they play their sport? Write a paragraph to summarise your findings.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Personal and social, Critical and creative thinking

2. Extension
Choose one of the sporting clubs your classmates are involved with. Write a letter to Kayo to explain why this club’s matches should be live streamed as part of its community sports campaign.

Think about why you would like to watch these matches, how many other people might like to watch them, how popular this sport is among your classmates and how exciting this sport is to watch and play.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Critical and creative thinking

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