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Tahs Together: Big player showings enlighten Rugby community

  
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5/28/2013
By Waratahs Rugby


The HSBC Waratahs have had a busy time in the community recently, attending a number of clinics and events across Sydney over the past few weeks.

Yesterday saw the penultimate Tahs Junior Clinics take place in Sydney’s south. Held at the Sylvania Bulldogs RFC, the clinic saw HSBC Waratahs players Kane Douglas, Ben Volovola, Jed Holloway, Dave Dennis and Rob Horne pass on their skills and knowledge to around 200 Rugby-mad children aged six to 12, who had registered for the free event on the Waratahs website.
 
One of four players attending to play for the local Southern Districts club, lock Kane Douglas said after the clinic, “It was really good turnout and great to see so many kids from the Sutherland and Rockdale areas.”
 
Douglas, 23, played his junior rugby in Yamba before moving down to the Southern Districts area when he was 17. “The clinic reminded me of when I was a little kid getting visits from big faces on TV and getting really excited.
 
“I’ve been down to the Sylvania club a couple of times, I think last year was the last time I was there to watch a couple of representative games. It was good to be back. 
 
“These kinds of events put so many smiles on the kids’ faces and also show that we are out in the community and that we care,” added Douglas. “You can see their enjoyment, they just love it and I think the parents get a lot out of it as well.  It helps us remember how lucky we are to get to play rugby for a living and represent so many people in rugby communities like this who have such a passion for the game.”
 
With only a small number of clubs in the local area, the Sylvania Bulldogs play as important part in supporting Douglas’ Sydney Premiership club, Southern Districts. “Sylvania is a big feeder club for Souths so hopefully we’ll see some of the kids from last night running around in Souths’ colours in the future.”
 
Such has been the demand on places in the Tahs Junior Clinics, all 300 places at the final event at Beauchamp Park in Chatswood have already been filled.  But young rugby fans could still get to learn from their rugby heroes, thanks to another hit community initiative, the Junior Club Blitz.
 
Having kicked off earlier this month, the Blitz will see all 53 junior clubs taking part in Sydney Junior Competitions receive a visit from HSBC Waratahs players before the middle of June. With 18 club visits already complete, the remaining 35 outings are planned for next week and will see players join youngsters at training to share their training tips and encouragement before answering questions, signing autographs and posing for photos. All clubs taking part will receive individual confirmation of their visit, with a full list of confirmed events available from the Tahs Together events section of the Waratahs website.
 
Next on the Tahs Together agenda is the annual Sydney Charity Event, the Balmoral Burn, taking place this Sunday, June 2. The event is the brain child of Waratah and Wallaby great Phil Kearns and aims to raise much-needed funds for the Humpy Dumpy Foundation to purchase life-saving medical equipment for children's hospitals and health service centres.
 
Amongst those braving the lactic acid burn up one of Sydney’s toughest streets will be HSBC Waratah and Sydney University speedster Tom Kingston. Kingston will be among a number of players and Tah Man to join the estimated 10,000 Sydneysiders taking part in the annual race. With a number of races and start times available, entries are still open and the family day out is sure to provide a great active and social morning with the chance of meeting some of your favourite HSBC Waratahs players. For more information, visit our Tahs Together events page.   
 
And that sums up the week for our community program. Photos from the visit and all Tahs Together events are posted on the Waratahs’ Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/waratahs and also listed in the Community section of the Waratahs website.
 
The events were part of the HSBC Waratahs’ Tahs Together community program that will see players and coaches out and about joining supporters and rugby communities across NSW throughout the season.
 
Through hundreds of activities and events, the HSBC Waratahs aim to engage with all supporters across the state as part of its support of grassroots Rugby.  Each year, Waratahs Rugby contributes well over $1,000,000 to support the development of the community game through grants and payments to the New South Wales Rugby Union.

 

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