Lens keeps eye on kids

Game-record­ing app scores highly for ab­sent par­ents, coach­ing and safety

Penrith Press - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

FAM­ILY and friends can watch ju­nior foot­ball games via a new and ex­cit­ing app if they can’t get to the match.

Pen­rith and Dis­trict Ju­nior Rugby League’s app will make avail­able all Sun­day matches and 80 per cent of Satur­day clashes af­ter the games.

It is set to launch this week­end for round two, af­ter round one was washed out.

“Ev­ery­body loves the idea,” ju­nior league man­ager Phil Cum­mings said.

“One of the ma­jor ben­e­fits is that par­ents and grand­par­ents can watch the play­ers in ac­tion if they miss the games,” Mr Cum­mings said.

The idea was con­ceived late last year when the league was film­ing semi­fi­nal and grand fi­nals and de­cided it would be worth record­ing all games, from un­der-6s to A-Grade.

This in­cor­po­rates its 8500 reg­is­tered play­ers and 3000 of­fi­cials.

“We also see it as a pos­i­tive from a safety as­pect,” Mr Cum­mings said.

“We are con­trol­ling who comes in to film the games.

“The app is also a tool for our coaches and ref­er­ees.

“We can use it in re­la­tion to breaches in code of con­duct or judiciary ... we can use it to en­sure our of­fi­cials and play­ers are be­hav­ing them­selves.”

The club has part­nered with iOn Sport to bring the ini­tia­tive to fruition.

About 15 video cam­eras will film the re­gion’s many games ini­tially.

Coly­ton’s Krissy Stimp­son was ex­cited to have ac­cess to all of her three chil­dren’s games – her youngest is now in the un­der-6s, play­ing for the St Clair Comets on week­ends.

“My part­ner coaches my mid­dle child so he al­ways has to go with his team which means I will some­times miss out on his games,” Ms Stimp­son said.

“It means I can catch up later and watch my son’s

‘‘ We can also use it in re­la­tion to breaches in code of con­duct or judiciary. Phil Cum­mings

game with him af­ter he has played.

“My mum lives in Queens­land … but now she can sign up and watch games from there.”

To regis­ter for the app, visit pjrl.ion-sport.com.

Melita De­manuele, 6, takes on the de­fence un­der a watch­ful cam­era. A new app will record ju­nior foot­ball games so they can be viewed later. Pic­tures: Justin San­son

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