JetSet Club Grow­ing Rugby In Nadi

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JetSet Ju­nior Rugby Club aim to pro­vide young boys and girls the op­por­tu­nity to en­hance their skills in a game they are pas­sion­ate about.

Club chair­per­son Inise Mu­cun­abitu said the club was com­mit­ted to grow­ing the game in the com­mu­nity with the sup­port of Nadi Rugby and Fiji Rugby Union’s ‘Get Into Rugby’ pro­gramme.

It was started in Oc­to­ber, last year fol­low­ing the West­ern Pri­mary Schools Rugby com­pe­ti­tion where some par­ents saw there was a need for their chil­dren to learn and

play the sport.

“Our first clinic in De­cem­ber 2018 saw more than 90 par­tic­i­pants from 3 to 18years at­tend­ing a full day clinic,” she said. “This was in con­junc­tion with the “Get Into Rugby” pro­gramme which is part of the World Rugby strat­egy to grow the game glob­ally and to en­cour­age play­ers of all ages to Try, Play and Stay in Rugby.

“We have then been con­duct­ing fort­nightly clin­ics since Jan­uary. Apart from the clin­ics, the club have been for­tu­nate to be given the op­por­tu­nity by Nadi Rugby to play in the cur­tain-rais­ers in Skip­per Cup Pre­mier­ship games at Prince Charles Park.”

The club now has over 70 mem­bers and some of the boys were se­lected to rep­re­sent Nadi in the West­ern Kaji Rugby Tour­na­ment on July 16-17 and Voda­fone Pri­mary Schools Kaji Rugby Tour­na­ment in Si­ga­toka on Au­gust 13-16.

In part­ner­ship with FRU, the club held a three days hol­i­day pro­gramme with the aim to pro­vide in­ten­sive skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme – of­fer­ing coach­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment for chil­dren be­tween the ages of 5 – 16 years.

“The pro­gramme also in­cluded mem­bers of the Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian 7s train­ing squad from the West who joined the chil­dren for train­ing drills and a game of touch rugby.

The chil­dren also par­tic­i­pated in the QUICKRIP Fes­ti­val in Nadi on Au­gust 24,” Mu­cun­abitu said.

The club was also for­tu­nate to re­ceive jer­seys, socks, t-shirts, shorts and rugby balls from Ali­son Fos­kett from Perth and Nerang Bulls Rugby Union in Queens­land.

She thanked FRU de­vel­op­ment man­ager Koli Se­wabu for his sup­port.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Kids in ac­tion dur­ing the rugby clinic in Nadi on Au­gust 29, 2019.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian 7s reps with par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the clinic in Nadi on Au­gust 29, 2019.

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