Eels take #NRLWellbeing to kids

PLENTY of Fairfield children were #happy after the Parramatta Eels took the #NRLWellbeing message to almost 20,000 school students in western Sydney as part of the annual NRL Community Carnival on Monday.

The entire Eels squad visited 62 schools to promote nutrition, healthy eating, mental health and the importance exercise.

Eels captain Tim Mannah was looking forward to spreading the #NRLWellbeing message and said the Community Carnival lets players to go back to their roots.

"It's great, especially for a lot of the young guys coming through, just being introduced to the NRL, it's great for them to realise the impact they have on young people and their position as NRL players," Mannah said.

"It's also a great opportunity for some kids to meet some footy players and to learn about Wellbeing."

The countdown to round one is on for the blue gold after posting a 30-22 victory over the Penrith Panthers in their second and final trial match at the weekend. New recruit Reece Robinson scored three tries in the win.

The Eels' opening game of the season is against Manly at Pirtek Stadium on March 6.