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By NSWRU Media Unit
Around 150 school children got the chance to try rugby for the first time recently, thanks to the sport’s introduction to Primary Schools Sports Association’s Coastal Cup.
The Coastal Cup was one of a number of competitions run for school and junior players within NSW. This month has also seen over 250 of the state’s top Under 12 school players contest the PSSA NSW State Carnival held in Armidale last month. Run over three days, the youngsters from 13 teams impressed competition organisers, talent scouts and special guests including HSBC Waratahs’ flanker Pat McCutcheon and former Wallabies and Waratah pair Tim Gavin and Tim Wallace.
A full list of winners will be available from the NSW Government’s Department of Education and Training website shortly.
Last week also saw the culmination of the Sydney Juniors’ season, with the Sydney Juniors Grand Finals contested by 104 teams from Under 10s to Under 17s and opens at numerous venues across the city. All these events were attended and supported by the HSBC Waratahs, with players on hand to offer encouragement and congratulations to all the young players and parents involved. Over the past 11 months, the HSBC Waratahs Community Connection program has seen players and coaches make well over 1000 appearances at around 250 community events across the state.
The last two weeks have also seen coach Alan Gaffney join the Waverley women’s squad for a coaching Q&A and Tom Carter attend the St Andrews Cathedral School’s presentation night.
Every week since last November, an average of five players each attended five different events ranging from Bathurst to Balmoral, Coogee to Coffs Harbour and Gunnedah, Scone and everywhere in between.
The squad has raced Nippers at North Bondi, run hundreds of skills and signing sessions at junior clubs and schools, including Tamworth Tricolours, St Ignatius Riverview, Scone Grammar School and Prairiewood High School, and supported charity and community events such as the Starlight Children’s Foundation Christmas party, NAIDOC week, Weetbix Sanitarium Triathlon, Triple M’s Family Day, Walk4Life and Harmony Day as well as many, many more.
Aimed at bringing NSW players, supporters and youngsters closer together, the Community Connection program was launched in November 2011 and will continue throughout 2012 and 2013, with a host more school, charity and community events planned for NSW across the season. Photos from all events are posted on the Waratahs Facebook wall.
Sat Mar 19, 7:40PM AEDT
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney