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The NSW Rugby Union is running a series of school Gala Days around the state from the U10s right through to U18s from now through to the end of June.
From the bush to the beach the NSWRU has held dozens of regional rugby Gala Days with more to come and an all-age finals series scheduled for Sydney in late June.
General Manager of Rugby Development for NSWRU, Andrew Hill says in many ways these days are all about growing the game and introducing boys and girls to rugby.
“We want to ensure most, if not all school kids in NSW have an opportunity to play rugby and experience what the game can offer them,” Andrew Hill said.
“It’s all about having fun, playing the game with their friends and discovering the joy of the game.
“These regional rugby days are super important to engage schools that do not have the opportunity to play in weekly rugby competitions
“It’s very easy for teams to sign up to gala days which is done through google forms which are found in the online schools booklets.”
Already Armidale has hosted secondary school 7’s competition with Gala Days being held in Western Sydney, Illawarra and the Central Coast, while the North Coast while stage a primary schools sevens event.
The winners of the regional gala days will then travel to The Kings School in Parramatta for a day of State 7’s finals where teams will play for the title of NSW’s best 7’s team from U12’s right through to U18’s in the girls and boys divisions.
The Secondary School 7’s finals will be played on Tuesday, June 27 with the Primary Schools 7s finals being contested the following day.
The importance of these competitions is that it can lead a team to play in other competitions and gives players a pathway to reach higher honours.
“With the help of teachers and with the students really enjoying these days, we’ve seen a number of teams transition into established rugby competitions like the Buchan Shield for secondary schools and the Bryan Palmer Shield for government primary schools, said Andrew.
To find out more of to see if there’s an upcoming gala day in your region go to: http://www.nswrugby.com.au/Community/GetRugbyAtYourSchool.aspx
OR contact your NSWRU Regional Development officer for more information on rugby in your region: http://www.nswrugby.com.au/Community/DevelopmentOfficers.aspx