Up to 70 junior rugby union players enjoyed a school-holiday development day last week featuring Wallaroo Emily Robinson hosted by the Bangalow Rugby Club and Rugby NSW.
The young rugby players were aged from six to 16 and came from across the northern rivers, Mathew Simpson Bangalow Junior Rugby Club president said.
The Northern Rivers Camp Waratah was not just about age-appropriate skills development, but also fostered rugby’s emphasis on respect and inclusion.
‘Respect, pride, accountability and inclusion are all key parts of the Waratah curriculum,’ Mathew said.
It also gave the young players good access to an elite player through a question-and-answer session.
Emily plays for the Women’s Waratahs and played for Australia in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
The Bangalow club hosted the day as a key way to improve rugby and make it a more enjoyable game for youngsters to play, and easier for them to become part of a wider community.
‘If children are going to get the most out of a sport and enjoy it more, then the administration, from the state to zone to team level has to be right, and aligned,’ Mathew said. ‘This is one of things we were trying to do.
‘At Bangalow we want to improve the game for everyone, and not sit on the sidelines complaining,’ Mathew said.