The Clutha Valley junior rugby club can’t wait to get on to the field and into the game this season.
The Valley juniors love getting out on a Saturday morning and having a go on the field. Their under-9 and under-11 representatives who play for their club, along with players who have combined with other clubs including Clutha and Clinton, are rural youngsters who love their rugby.
Junior side convener Rachel Muldrew says she is proud of the kids and the supporters who make up the club.
‘‘Coming off the back of a senior competition win, Valley is super stoked to have such an amazing junior committee who help to take care of our superstars on and off the field. That includes our amazing abundance of coaches, parents of players and further supporters,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re especially thankful to our sponsors McHaffie Building, Roy’s Contracting, Dunlop’s Garage, Greenfield Tavern and Cowley’s Electrical for sponsoring our kids too with their club hoodies and more.
‘‘Valley is a great club and our kids are always keen to get out on a Saturday and have a run around, then enjoy their hot milo and saveloys after their games.
‘‘The kids are excited to bring back halftime oranges as they were not permitted last year due to Covid-19 concerns, so they’ll be chuffed to have them back.’’
The junior side has a fundraising fee in their subs to give parents less stress away from fundraising as many rural parents have plenty to do already.
‘‘We’re looking to get our juniors and seniors more involved together this year and we will be doing that through our upcoming Valley club day in June, along with getting our juniors to come along to senior home games to be ball people and help out the older boys as they look up to them.’’
Muldrew says a lot of senior players are involved in coaching the junior teams and enjoy teaching the youngsters rugby drills and skills on the field.
Valley’s superstar juniors will be working on their skills on the field throughout the season but the main goal is for the kids to have fun.
Valley is keen for new junior players and welcomes any community members if they want to be a part of the club.
Keep an eye out for any upcoming games and give Valley as much support as possible for their seasons.
For the junior side, contact Rachel Muldrew on 021 650-024 or check out the Clutha Valley Junior Rugby Facebook page.