THE boys showed they were ready and rearing to go when Wingham Junior Rugby League kicked off preparation for the 2013 season with a meet the coaches’ day in Central Park on Thursday.
Club president, Simon Crowe is excited about this season and calls for more players between the ages of six and 16 to join up and join in on the fun.
He explained although a contact sport, the game is all about safety and fun as coaches are trained and qualified through the league safe program.
“It’s about the friendship more than anything,” Simon said.
Simon said he is still friends with people he played football with 30 years ago. Simon came to Wingham to play football for one year, 25 years ago and has stayed ever since.
He has now watched his son Ben, who plays for under 15s, learn and grow through the game since he started in under sixes.
There are a number of new faces among the club’s coaching team. Two of these include Samantha Lennon and Cheryl McPhillips who will coach the under sixes.
Simon said for most coaches the satisfaction comes from the smile on their players’ faces when they score or master a new skill.
“Players learn a sense of resilience from football when they share the good times and the bad,” he said.
“It’s all about fun and learning how to play the game.”
The club’s home ground is at Wingham Sporting Club and with the work that’s been done on the facility since last season, the grounds are better than ever for players and spectators.
The club has room in all age groups for new players but is particularly in need of players for the under 13 and 14 teams.
Each player gets a special edition football when they register. The club also has Tigers’ mouth guards for sale. For more information contact 0429 153 798.