Kids forced to play where they’re told

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION -

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

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