Lens keeps eye on kids
Game-recording app scores highly for absent parents, coaching and safety
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