Sense Rugby at Melbourne Rugby Club, Prahran


Melbourne Rugby Club are proud to be hosting the Sense Rugby trial day with Australian Rugby Sevens Olympian Jesse Parahi.

Kids living with developmental delays or disorders living in Stonnington and surrounds will now have the chance to experience the benefits of playing community-based sport.

The rugby-based Occupational Therapy program is a first for the area and will not only give the kids the skills to transition into mainstream sport, but it will also bring families managing similar issues together as a support network for one another.

Local Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Melbourne player, Jake Du Chateau is the area coordinator for Sense Rugby.

“The program gives kids new sporting, communication and social skills plus they get to experience a team atmosphere and make new friends. We are also about supporting and creating strong communities and sport is a great way to bring everyone in a community together.”, explained Chateau.

Sense Rugby at Melbourne Rugby Club, Prahran

Sense Rugby was founded in 2015 by paediatric Occupational Therapist Carlien Parahi and her husband Jesse Parahi.

Jesse Parahi played rugby sevens for Australia for the better part of a decade. He played more than 50 World Series tournaments, was part of the 2016 Australian Rio Olympics team and captained the Australian side at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

About Sense Rugby

Sense Rugby helps kids thrive through rugby, a sport-based Occupational Therapy program designed to help kids become part of a team.

Sense Rugby gives kids a safe environment where experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapists work with trained rugby players to help kids achieve success. We utilise a child’s strengths and their motivation to help them participate and be part of a community of their own and provide a safe group space where differences are celebrated and parents can take a breath too.

Event: Sense Rugby Trial Day – Free
When: Sunday 27 March 2022
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm (final times will be confirmed on sign-up)
Where: Orrong Romanis Reserve (Abeckett St Field), Prahran
Ages: 4-17
Free Sign up:

Photos courtesy Sense Rugby