Get into Rugby Club program launched to attract new participants

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Rugby Australia has launched a new program to encourage “thousands more” people into club rugby around the country.

The “Get into Rugby Club’ program is a five-week program aimed to teach people the basics of rugby, and help them engage with their local community via the club closest to them.

The program will introduce and help guide people of all ages through rugby’s three formats: Foxtel Touch Sevens, Sevens and Fifteens.

The “Get into Rugby Club”, which comes after a successful “Get into Rugby Schools” program was rolled out last year, will be initially occurring at 31 selected clubs across Australia.

The second phase will be rolled out at many more clubs after the Rugby World Cup, where it is hoped the tournament buzz will spark interest.

The past six months has seen Rugby Australia run “Get into Rugby” coaching workshops in Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT, South Australia and New South Wales.

“This is the work that Rugby Australia sees as really important for its portfolio,” Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle said.

“We need to be making sure we are developing products for the modern day and accessible for all families  and all demographics. “Get into Rugby” also allows clubs to engage with different parts of the community that they had engaged with previously.

“It’s a way of connecting with a rugby club, that has more than just the playing options. It has the social elements and it really is to make sure you learn the skills. So that if you’re happy with Foxtel Touch 7s, because touch is your thing, that’s fine.

"But equally if you want to progress into sevens or fifteens, it gives you the capability to touch and feel that, so that you can decide what’s best for you.”

Castle said the program was also designed to be an accessible entry point to rugby for communities and cultures that aren’t traditionally involved in rugby.

“They can feel that they can come, it’s welcoming, it’s friendly, it’s engaging,” Castle said.

“They can make new friends in the local community, and if 15s isn’t their thing, maybe touch or sevens is the option for then. It gives us a wide-ranging opportunity to engage right across Australia with this product.”

Clubs with "Get into Rugby" programs during phase one 

NSW

Wakehurst Rugby Club

Forest Way, Belrose, New South Wales, 2085

 

Mosman Rugby Club

Cross Street, Mosman, New South Wales, 2088

 

Lower Mid North Coast Rugby Union Club

Aub Ferris Oval, Showground Lane, Nabiac, New South Wales, 2312

 

Lindfield Rugby Club

Tryon Road, East Lindfield, New South Wales, 2070

 

Oatley Rugby Club

Lugarno, New South Wales, 2210

 

Armidale Junior Rugby Club

Taylor Street, Moran Oval, Armidale, New South Wales, 2350

 

Coffs Harbour Juniors Rugby Union Football Club

600 Hogbin Drive, Toormina, New South Wales, 2452

 

Shoalhaven Rugby Club

Rugby Lane, Nowra, New South Wales, 2234

 

Casuarina Beach Rugby Club

546 Casuarina Way, Casuarina New South Wales, 2487

 

Northern Barbarians Rugby Club

Britannia Street, Pennant Hills, New South Wales, 2120

 

Western Australia

Wanneroo Rugby Union Club

Kingsway Sporting Complex, Spectator Drive, Madeley, Western Australia, 6065

 

UWA Rugby Club

Mount Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

 

Perth Irish Rugby Football Club

105 Daly Street, Belmont, Perth, 6104

 

ACT/Southern Inland

 

Albury Wodonga Rugby Union Football Club

Short Street, Albury, New South Wales, 2640

 

Broulee Dolphins Rugby Union Club

1 Francis Street, Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee, New South Wales, 2537

 

Batemans Bay Rugby Club

Beach Road, Batemans Bay, New South Wales, 2536

 

Queensland 

 

Caboolture Rugby Union Club

187 Petersen Road, Morayfield Queensland, 4506

 

Norths Brisbane Rugby Club

50 Shaw Road, Wooloowin, Queensland, 4030

 

Brothers Rugby Club Albion

3 Crosby Road, Albion Queensland, 4010

 

Wests Bulldogs Rugby Club

Memorial Park, 65 Sylvan Rd, Toowong, Queensland, 406

 

University of Queensland Rugby Football Club

Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia, Queensland, 4067

 

Nerang Rugby Union Club

125 Pappas Way, Nerang, Queensland, 4211

 

South Australia

 

Adelaide University Rugby Union Football Club

Fullarton Road & Claremont Avenue, Urrbrae, South Australia, 5062

 

Elizabeth Rugby Union Football Club

Womma Road & Peachey Road, Edinburgh North, South Australia, 5113

 

Woodville Rugby Union Football Club

Ailsa Avenue, Seaton, South Australia, 5023

 

Port Adelaide

Baynes Place, Port Adelaide, South Australia, 5015

 

Tasmania 

 

Devonport Bulls Rugby Union Football Club

Don Recreation Ground, Richardson Drive, Devonport, Tasmania, 7310

 

Burnie Emus Rugby Union Club

Lookout Road, Upper Burnie, Tasmania, 7320

 

Victoria

 

Northern Panthers Rugby Club

CH Sullivan Memorial Park, Blake Street, Reservoir, Victoria, 3073

 

Casey Crusaders Rugby Union Club

Clyde Recreation Reserve, 10 Pattersons Road, Clyde, Victoria 3978

 

Power House Junior Rugby Union Club

Lofts Reserve, Altona North, Victoria, 3025

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