HSBC Waratahs clock up the kilometres supporting regional rugby

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By Waratahs Rugby


HSBC Waratahs players have this month clocked up over 3,500km, travelling across NSW to support the 2013 Camp Waratah regional clinics.
With four of the five 2013 events now completed, over 520 youngsters from regional NSW have had the opportunity to improve their skills and meet their rugby heroes.
Last week, Tamworth-local Paddy Ryan joined over 100 kids in Newcastle, Lachie Turner made the 1250km round trip to Lismore to join 85 of the region’s rugby-mad youngsters, Michael Hodge travelled to Moree to join 95 local students at the camp there and Tatafu Polota Nau hit the road to Orange for the biggest camp, joining 150 Central West kids for the afternoon.
“It was great to see such good numbers out there and everyone enjoying themselves,” said Polota Nau, who enjoying passing on scrummaging tips.
“I was teaching everyone to have good body posture for the scrums, even the backs.  They enjoyed it because they were beating the forwards at one stage!
“They also enjoyed the challenge of tackling a Wallaby or Waratah, as they always do.  There were a few kids that had a go at knocking me over.” 
As well as the regional camps, which are run by the ARU’s NSW development team, last week also saw the first of two, two-day metro clinics take place at Newington College, with the remaining one taking place at Riverview tomorrow and Friday. 
Taking team training on the road, HSBC Waratahs coach Michael Cheika invited the 70 participants to watch the NSW squad train before conducting a signing session for everyone present.   
Also this week, NSW scrumhalf Matt Lucas teamed up with Australian Sports Camps to support one of their three day rugby-specific sports camps, held at the University of New South Wales’s training fields in Daceyville. 
Having already attended the previous week’s camp in Hunters Hill with NSW team mate Cam Crawford, Lucas today joined 70 rugby-mad youngsters aged five to 14 for a school holiday camp aimed at skill improvement, with the emphasis on fun. 
“There was a real age range there,” said Lucas.  “The young kids loved trying to catch the high balls that Cam and I were putting up, whilst the older boys loved the whole contact thing, so tackling was definitely the most popular session for them.
Completed last month, the HSBC Waratahs’ new Junior Club Blitz initiative received a cracking reception across Sydney, as players visited all 53 junior clubs currently taking part in Sydney Juniors competitions. 
Completed in two big hits, week one saw players double up to hit 18 of the biggest clubs in the middle of June, whilst week two saw the remaining 35 clubs all benefitted from a Waratahs player visit training to share their training tips and encouragement before answering questions, signing autographs and posing for photos. 
Last month also saw the completion of three of the four 2013 Tahs Junior Club Blitz events, giving boys and girls from Sydney’s west, south and east the chance to meet their rugby heroes and pick up some handy hints as part of a two-hour program of fun skills and game-based activities. 
Also in June, Tom Kingston took part in the annual Balmoral Burn charity event to help raise much-needed funds for the Humpy Dumpy Foundation, Paddy Ryan took a trip back home to Tamworth to visit the Armidale Diocesan rugby trials at Chillingworth Oval and make an appearance at his former club, the Tamworth Pirates.
Amongst the planned activity for this month is the final Tahs Junior Clinic which will take place in Chatwood.  Originally scheduled for late-June, the rained-off event will now take place on Monday July 22.
More information on all the HSBC Waratahs community activity, together with reviews of recent activities and full listings of all forthcoming events is available from our Tahs Together events page.   
The events are all 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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