Their club’s senior side might have dropped out of Newcastle’s premier rugby grade, but The Waratahs Junior Rugby Club is looking to rebuild at the bottom.
Last month, the club was forced to withdraw from Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union’s premier competition due to a lack of players.
But in recent weeks, the club’s junior officials have been trying to build their numbers for the winter competition after running Summer Rugby Fun sessions over summer.
The club fielded an under-7 team last year after having no teams in for the previous two seasons. This year, the club will field an under-8 side and run an under-7 in-house competition each Saturday at Waratah.
Junior’s club president Chris Grieve said the club is doing their best to remove any barriers preventing kids playing by reducing their registration to just $98, under the NSW Government’s $100 Active Kids Rebate.
“We’re targeting the five to ten-year-olds because it’s best to build from the base,” he said.
“We’ve got the website and Facebook page, but they’re more than welcome to come down to training at 5 o’clock [Tuesday] at Waratah Oval and give a try.”
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