NBL star Andrew Bogut rips proposed NRL changes to grassroots football
By Chris De Silva
10 hours ago
Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut has unloaded on the NRL’s “disappointing” proposed changes to grassroots football, saying losing provides important life lessons.
Bogut was one of several professional athletes left baffled after the NRL released a proposed series of radical changes to overhaul rugby league at the junior level in Australia. Speaking to Wide World of Sports Radio, Bogut explained how learning how to win and lose respectfully allows children to navigate inevitable setbacks that may come later in life.
“It’s disappointing,” Bogut said. Bogut has experienced both the highs and the lows throughout his NBA career (AAP) “I think some people say it’s mainly aimed towards the parents, but the kids are the ones that are going to suffer.”
Bogut has been an outspoken critic of both the AFL and NRL’s proposed changes at the junior level, particularly the AFL’s ‘scoring ban’ for juniors below the age of 12, and explained the lessons that can be taken out of both wins and losses. “There’s a beauty in winning and there’s a beauty in losing,” he said. "In losing, (you learn) the harsh reality of what you need to improve on instantly and winning can also get people comfortable to where they don’t win again.
“So there’s a lot of life lessons within sport. There’s life lessons whether you win by 50 or lose by 50, but to say that it affects your confidence and what not, I don’t believe that.”