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Players joining the 2015 Newcastle Knights Under 20s squad recently graduated from a week-long intensive Hunter TAFE Playwise program.

The group were the first Knights players to graduate from the program.

The pilot program is an initiative between Hunter TAFE, Newcastle Knights and the NRL which supports the League’s goal of turning talented boys into men of character and integrity.

The first of its kind in the region, the program delivers critical and professional life skills to new recruits and aims to facilitate pathways to further work and study opportunities.

Hunter TAFE General Manager, External Relations and Customer Service, Samantha Martin-Williams said the new pilot program was a great addition to the programs developed in partnership with Newcastle Knights.

“This is the first time we have run the Playwise program and with great success,” she said.

“It’s an important addition to the programs we offer the Knights and we are always looking for new ways to support the NRL’s Leaguewise welfare and education programs."