Rugby club goes in boots and all
Free rugby boots are up for grabs as part of a bid to encourage teens to stick with sport after leaving school.
The Teachers/Eastern Rugby Club is offering to buy boots for its Colts players in teams from the under-17s to under-21s.
Rugby coordinator Kirk Jennings says they are targeting this age group because priorities can change for school leavers starting to become financially independent.
“Once they leave school they’ve often got to work and earn money and help mum and dad and playing sport is not so easy anymore,” he says.
“It’s just an incentive. And of course in these hard economic times we want to do our little bit to help.”
He says as a sports club they have a social responsibility to keep the boys busy, fit and interested in sport.
Player Raymen Misa, 18, is looking forward to getting his brand-new pair.
“It feels good to have new boots,” he says.
“They’re eyecatching – they might help get the girls.”
Mr Jennings says rugby boots cost up to $100 – and more for the larger sizes.
Development manager Tanner Vili has been chasing donations and sponsorship to fund the idea.
The club also hopes to be able to offer the deal to primary-aged kids. Players have to commit to playing for the club before they will be eligible for the boots.
Those interested can go down to the club at Orakei Domain and join in on training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm.