Stan’s the tournament man
When Eden rugby stalwart Stan Foster started a small rugby tournament for primary schools in 1967, he didn’t think it would still be going four decades later.
But tomorrow the 88year-old will open the event for the 41st time, with 12 local schools taking part.
Mr Foster says children’s love of winning is one of the reason’s the tournament is still going strong.
“Kids need something active and a bit of a challenge.”
The tournament used to be held at Eden rugby’s home ground, Gribblehirst Park.
But in the 1980s it grew so big they had to move it to War Memorial Park in May Rd to cope with the numbers.
“Other schools noticed it and said ‘can we join’,” he says.
“People see a good thing going and want to join it.”
The tournament now takes up an entire day, rather than just an afternoon.
But it’s not the Hillsborough resident’s only involvement with the club.
The Eden life member, who first joined the club as a child in 1930, is honorary auditor and held almost every position on the management committee.
And he is still a regular feature at Eden junior and senior games.
Eden president Graeme Dryland says Mr Foster’s efforts to improve junior football will help the club succeed in the future.
Last year’s tournament saw Gladstone Primary share the under 40kg cup with Mt Eden Normal, while Mangawhau Primary took out the under-50kg cup.
Gladstone Primary’s associate principal Jodene de Andrad says the Eden club and Mr Foster do a great job with the tournament.
“Stan’s done it forever – he’s amazing. We’re very lucky he does it for us.”
Club man: Stan Foster, 88, will help open the primary school rugby tournament he started 41 years ago tomorrow.