Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union Club will compete in the Western Sydney Minis competition when the season proper begins this April.
Penrith District Rugby Union’s village clubs located at Lapstone, Rooty Hill and Windsor have been growing exponentially on the back of a renewed interest in the game out west.
The significant number of current Wallabies and Super Rugby players who began their journey in Sydney’s west is one explanation in the game’s resurgence with one example, Penrith Colts’ player Dave Dennis, now captain of the NSW Waratahs.
The re-establishment of the Penrith district’s Juniors is recognising the long journey players of Dennis’ status had to make to achieve their goals. Penrith are also aware of the volume of talent who might not have been as fortunate. Penrith now has some very talented Junior Representative sides that participate in the June long weekend State Championships. The flow on effect is the Penrith Colts’ sides have retained the talent pool who might normally head east in search of opportunity to the detriment of the Emus’ Shute Shield side.
President of the new Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union Club, Adam Fletcher, “The goal for the district, at the grassroots level, was to increase junior participation and fill the void in between the three other village clubs. There was a gaping hole in between the clubs with the whole Penrith Council area not having a junior club. Our committee and the RSL have come together with this shared vision and are working hard to ensure the club makes significant inroads in its inaugural season”.
Leading up to the official season open the new club has plenty of promotion planned. The club will host ‘Come and Try Rugby’ sessions every Tuesday in February at Nepean Rugby Park, (Andrews. Rd. Cranebrook) followed by March Mini Madness on Fridays.
Our ‘Come and Try Rugby’ is aimed at boys and girls aged 4 to 12 who are new to Rugby, and those who may like the game but are not attracted by traditional Rugby competitions. It is also open to experienced players who want to play more Rugby beyond the regular competition and improve their skills. We are just waiting on confirmation of some special visitors to these sessions, which will be confirmed via our facebook page www.facebook. com/penrithjruc soon.
RSL’s ‘Come and Try Rugby’ has a one-off small registration fee of $20 to participate in February that includes loads of giveaways.
Registrations will be taken in the club on Saturday evenings in the foyer 6-8pm and online at www.rugby.com.au/tryrugby/KidsRugby/ComeandTry.aspx Registrations for the ‘Come and Try Rugby’ program and the Minis season will also be taken on the day at Nepean Rugby Park.
We are actively seeking volunteers and committee members who are able to assist with a range of roles. For more information contact Adam on 0421 958892 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Penrith RSL Junior Rugby Union club will train on Tuesdays and play Saturdays. A season launch will be held on Friday evening, April 4th at the RSL.