Juniors gear up for 2020 season as numbers remain steady

Running, kicking, tackling, seeing teammates and playing the sport they love. After many months without rugby league, our junior players are finally able to get out and train with their local clubs.

Woden Weston Rams Junior Club Vice President Lauren Smith said seeing the juniors back at training last week was very special.

“It’s amazing for the kids, they were so excited to see each other and to get involved again. And not just for the kids, but the parents are happy seeing the kids running around and having a good time,” Smith said.

“We are very grateful for the CRRL and all the committees not just in Canberra but everywhere for all their hard work.”

Junior registration numbers have remained strong, even allowing for the COVID-19 interruption. There are still spots available for female and male participants in all age groups and levels.

Smith said that despite the interrupted and uncertain season, their club registration numbers have barely changed.

“It’s been amazing, kids just love to play. We’ve hardly lost any kids, not many dropping out at all which has been really pleasing.”

Like most clubs, the Woden Weston Rams committee has been busy organizing and ensuring that all COVID-19 safety protocols are being adhered to.

Smith said that they have received good feedback and believes all the hard work has paid off.

“We’ve had some emails from parents thanking the committee for getting all the COVID-19 Safety Plans together and putting them in place. It’s just great to get the kids back running around, tackling each other and they are all rearing to go,” Smith said.

“It’s really heartening, with all the hard work the committee has done, to see all the kids having such a good time, smiling and running around again. It’s great.”

CRRL General Manager Mark Vergano thanked clubs for all their efforts and is excited about the season commencing.

“Our junior numbers are holding up exceptionally well and again the junior clubs have done a fantastic job in getting the season ready to go, using the protocols and getting those signed off,” Vergano said.

“There’s been a lot of background work by our clubs across the board, senior and junior, to make sure their protocols are in place and Return to Train is right, Return to Play is right and that’s all been signed off by NSW Rugby League. We are very pleased with their work, they’ve been fantastic.”

The CRRL junior season will begin on Saturday 18 July, with a nine-week season.

Any players who are still interested in playing this season should go to  https://www.playrugbyleague.com/ 

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