Lit­tle rugby play­ers ready for train­ing with Reds

Dalby Herald - - SPORT -

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.

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