Little rugby players ready for training with Reds
PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED EAGER young rugby union players are set to hone their football skills when the Queensland Reds bring their development program to Dalby next month.
The St George Rookies2Reds program teaches boys and girls basic rugby skills as well as educating children on the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
The introductory program provides kids with a pathway to progress from being a rookie to a Red and is aimed at connecting families with their local club.
Led by qualified Reds coaches, the five-week coaching program is run in conjunction with Dalby Rugby Union Club and will be held Wednesday afternoons from March 1 at the Orpen St football grounds.
Daniel Birrell, development manager for Queensland Rugby Union on the Darling Downs, said the sessions were a great opportunity to get kids interested in rugby and teach them some great life skills.
“We teach them development skills, catching and passing, hand-eye co-ordination skills and defence but it also encourages kids to participate in sport, to get involved and to sign up to the local rugby club,” he said.
“It gives the little kids a taste of rugby and provides a pathway for them to go a little bit further if they enjoy it.
“It’s great quality coaching and it’s all about learning to play with other kids and teamwork.”
The sessions are open to children aged 5–10, and Mr Birrell said in past years, the Rookies2Reds program was highly successful.
FUTURE REDS: Children can get an understanding of rugby union with the Rookies2Reds program.