Pre-season training workshop opens doors for junior Raiders
SIXTY-FIVE kids practised basic kicking, rucking, tackling and passing at the Whitsunday Junior Raiders Rugby Union holiday clinic on Friday last week.
The two day event was designed to give new players an introduction to rugby union and to brush away the cobwebs of players prior to the start of the season.
Volunteer coaches from the Whitsunday Raiders senior teams spent the day providing helpful one-on-one tips and guidance on basic elements of the game to the young players.
Junior Raiders president Sharron Pratt said the holiday clinic was open to players from 13 to 16-years-old, with all funds raised going towards purchasing new equipment for the club.
QRU development officer Peter Firth said he was extremely impressed with the turnout over the two days.
“If we can get the majority of kids to register it would be a great boost for local rugby union in the region,” he said.
Grass roots player Tom Clarke, who is in the under-17s national indigenous rugby union team going to France in September, said he enjoyed helping the kids develop their skills.
Raiders A grade player Chris Low said the kids rotated through four separate training stations, improving dramatically over the course of the day.
“The kids were so enthusiastic and I am positive we will have some excellent young talent coming through the club,” he said.
The official sign-up for the 10 week 2013 junior rugby union season will be held on July 5 for a July 15 start at the Raiders Rugby Club at the Whitsunday Sports Park at 6pm.
All players who sign up will have the opportunity to play in the Whitsundays first junior carnival from July 27-28.
HOLIDAY FUN: Potential Junior Raiders players Hunter Williams, Sam Rogers, Mitchell Telford (second row) Joe Marr, Keenan Coetzee and Connor Palmer were taught how to goal kick by volunteer coaches Justin Chengody, Tom Clarke and Whitsunday Raiders A grade player Chris Low and George Ross (back) at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Sunday.