Play Rugby League
Whether you just want to have fun, get fit or dream of being an NRL star, Junior Rugby League is introducing record numbers of boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12 years to the game in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Rugby League is launching its new junior recruitment campaign www.playrugbyleague.com to continue growing junior player numbers in every local Junior Rugby League Club across the country.
Rugby League presently has 126,025 registered junior club players, making up 7988 teams that belong to 1300 Junior Rugby League Clubs nationwide, with 2012 recording the highest number of registered participants in the 6-12 years age group in the history of the game.
"Junior Clubs are a vital part of the fabric that makes Rugby League the greatest game of all and we are committed to providing the best possible experience for every child,” NRL General Manager - League Integration & Game Development Andrew Hill said.
"The Junior Leagues are where our elite players begin their careers, where so many of our fans come from, and where our children and their families can get out and have fun every weekend."
Children can begin playing competitive Rugby League from as young as six years of age and junior teams typically range from Under 7s through to Under 18s.
Rugby League focuses on a whole-of-game program, the day your child joins a club, is the day he/she starts playing Rugby League while developing skills including try scoring, evasion, passing, and kicking.
Natalie Walka of Seven Hills, is not only a working mum of two young boys, 12-year-old Matthew and seven-year-old Daniel who play Rugby League, her husband Michael coaches and she is the President of the St Anthony’s Girraween Eagles JRLFC.
"Being part of a Junior Rugby League Club has been fantastic for our family," Natalie said.
"We're involved with a great little club, have developed some terrific friendships and it’s simply a wonderful community to be a part of.
"We spend quality time together and everyone has a role at the club.
"The boys are spending time outdoors, getting fit and playing a well organised sport in a safe and fun environment.
"They're also learning great life skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, resilience and humility which is also very important to us.
"For us, the footy season is full on, but we love it."
The benefits of playing a team sport are enormous, not only providing an outlet for children to be active, but can also help with vital life-lessons in personal values, team work and relationship building skills as well as being a positive social outlet for the whole family.
Sport also plays a part in the development of motor skills and cognitive development, listening skills and taking instructions as well as learning valuable social skills, including cooperation, confidence and respect for others.
For more information on getting your boys and girls involved CLICK HERE sign up with the Bankstown Bulls and become part of the Rugby League community today.