Kids forced to play where they’re told
I wish to comment on Phil Rothfield’s article (“$100m rescue plan to stop kids leaving league”, 7/5).
I have been involved for over 54 years at grassroots rugby league. The biggest issue we have at the moment is the new transfer policy which is forcing hundreds of kids away from the game.
The architect of this policy is the administrator. Kids cannot move freely from club to club to play with mates. The junior league is actively forcing kids into clubs they don’t want to play for.
Kids are walking en masse to other codes or not playing. An open discussion is needed so parents and clubs can have a say in the direction of the sport. All we get is officials who care little for the opinions of parents and players.
Grassroots people have no say and have to stand by and watch the game we love go backwards at junior level. I have seen kids with exceptional circumstances overlooked for transfer who have walked away. DAN O’DARE TOONGABBIE