New comp for Gympie league juniors
GYMPIE Junior Rugby League is preparing to cultivate the next generation of league stars after announcing a program designed for the youngest of players.
League supporter Eric Ellems made the announcement yesterday, revealing the new program for juniors aged five and six.
The program is called Junior Joeys and will run for an hour on Sunday mornings on top of the highly successful junior league competition.
Split into two six-week blocks, Junior Joeys will incorporate both drills and skills sessions in addition to informal games.
Ellems said he was looking forward to seeing the program up and running.
“It’s definitely a chance to meet the demand for junior league in Gympie,” he said.
“It will help promote the game and hopefully boost league numbers as well as allowing more kids give the sport a go.”
The program, due to start late March, is for both boys and girls and Ellems is hopeful plenty of girls will jump on board.
“We definitely stress that it’s for girls as well as boys, so we would like to see young girls get involved,” he said.
With young children often unsure of what sport they wish to play, the new program has plenty of flexibility.
Should a child decide not to continue taking part after the first six weeks, they can opt out.
Those interested in staying on can sign up and continue.
“It’s really good for parents who may be hesitant about spending too much on a sport their child may end up wanting to pull out of,” Ellems said.
Meanwhile, children taking part in the program who show plenty of improvement also have the opportunity to step up into the Mini League Competition, and play in the 7-8 year age group.
The cost of Junior Joeys will please the budgets of families. The first six-week block of Junior Joeys costs $35, and the second $30.
Fees cover full insurance and will include a bag of goodies for players starting up, and a trophy after the final week.
Interested juniors can sign on Thursday afternoon at the Gympie Junior Rugby League clubhouse between 4pm and 5pm.
In other Gympie Junior Rugby League news, club president Ross Groundwater has announced junior league players will be donning on new jerseys for the season.
After four years of the same colours, junior league players will soon be wearing one of six jerseys modelled on existing NRL clubs.
The Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys are bound to be particularly popular.
“We’ve had local businesses provide sponsorship and it will be a good change,” Groundwater said.
For junior players, wearing the jerseys will provide added incentive to play well.
Stay tuned to The Gympie Times this week for details on the Gympie Devils’ pre-season.