Season 2015 begins this Saturday for Junior Pathway Players (U6 – U10) and Junior Competition Players (U11 – U18) and it is promising to be another great year for rugby at the mighty Unicorns.
Playing Junior rugby at Melbourne is a great way to get involved in sport and keep active. Over the past few weeks team mates have reunited and new friends have been made. Coaches have been working hard to get their teams match-fit and ready for action.
According to the ARU the participation in the game grew by 12 percent last year.
Andrew Stanford, Junior Co-ordinator has been working hard in the off season and said, “I’m pleased to be able to say that at this stage we will have twelve junior teams wearing the Unicorns colours with pride this season. Throw your support behind the coaches, managers and the management team as they take up the challenge of getting everything in place for what should be a fantastic season for all of our players and supporters.”
The Club’s values and traditions develop from the first time a young player shakes hands with their opposite number, leading to a lifelong passion for and involvement with the game at all levels.
Australian rugby’s vision is to ignite passion, build character and create an inclusive Australian rugby community. With more than 600,000 participants nation wide, the ARU wants to expand the game at all levels through a renewed focus on providing fun, safe and enjoyable rugby experiences for kids. As well as organised, structured competitions that provide a pathway for players to reach their full potential in the game.
Dwayne Jury, Pathway Co-ordinator at Melbourne adds, “You could sense the excitement in the air across all Pathway age groups at training. After a long pre-season, I am certain every age group is better prepared than ever before. Good luck to all Pathway age groups on Saturday and remember to have fun.”
Parents and supporters of Competition Players now have an easy way to follow the action. Rugby Link is rugby’s new online competition management system. Competition Grade supporters can simply go online for fixtures, match results and up-to-date kick off times and game locations. Pathway fixtures will be posted to the Melbourne Rebels website month-by-month.
Melbourne Rugby Team Managers will be communicating with parents throughout the season and will also be posting to the Juniors’ Facebook page. To keep up-to-date with the latest updates, events and photos from matches follow the club on Facebook. Join the conversation by adding #MelbourneUnicorns and #GoodSports.
Season 2015 kicks off in just a couple of sleeps – good luck to all teams.