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The NSW Rugby Union will recognise the role that volunteers in junior rugby clubs play by inviting representatives to become a Waratahs Club Legend this Friday at the match between the NSW Waratahs and the Southern Kings.

Volunteers from 25 junior rugby clubs in the greater Sydney area have been invited to NSW Waratahs HQ at Moore Park before the game for drinks and to receive a season gift as a thank you for representing their local club

The Chief Executive of NSW Rugby Union Andrew Hore says that the initiative is aimed at strengthening the relationship between grassroots rugby and the professional game, by bringing the two together.

“We want to recognise that the volunteer who may be the club president or the coach or a Board member does a great job at being the face of NSW Rugby at their local club,” Andrew Hore said.

“This initiative is all about recognising how important we see those who give up so much of their time in organising a game for the junior players.”

Currently the initiative is aimed at bringing in volunteers from the junior clubs in the Sydney region,with the intention of expanding into the country junior competitions next year.

Volunteers from Roseville, Allambie, Oatley Penrith and Hawkesbury Valley are just some of the 22 Clubs who will attend the Waratah Club Legends pre-match function where they will be given an insight into what happens behind the scenes.

The President of the Sylvania Bulldogs Junior Rugby Club, Andrew Chaney says the invitation to attend the match through the Club Legend initiative makes junior club feel they are part of the Waratah family.

“It’s a real recognition of grass roots rugby and it’s wonderful we now have this relationship to the Waratahs and it makes the association for our junior players to the Waratah players real,” Andrew Chaney said.

“It also shows there is a pathway for our players who live in this area to the Waratahs, and they related more to a player like Jed Holloway who comes from here but is playing now with the Tahs.

“It’s wonderful to have a close relationship with the Waratahs and with NSW Rugby, it means a lot to those who volunteer at junior clubs to be recognised like this.”

The General Manager of NSW Waratahs Rugby Tim Rapp will meet the volunteers and talk to them about the Waratah’s values and behaviours.

“We will then go into the home change room which is a pretty special place to be and I’ll give an outline of how the NSW Waratahs will play the game against the Southern Kings,” Tim Rapp said.

Ultimately we hope that this will help promote rugby and its values to the broader community and a connection with next generation of Waratahs players and fans.