A STRATTON-based rugby union club is looking to boost its league this season by offering children the opportunity to play for free.
Swan Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club president Kehu Kingi said the club was on the hunt for major sponsors so disadvantaged kids would have no barriers to joining a team.
“I have seen kids that have been so keen to play sports but can’t because mum, dad or their guardian have said ‘no I can’t afford it’,” he said.
“And even in households where both parents are working there may not be enough money for extras like sports.
“While Kidsport is a great initiative, many families don’t qualify for a healthcare card so are unable to access this funding.
“Also even if they can access Kidsport funding many children play more than one sport and they will be lucky if the $150 even covers one sport.”
Mr Kingi said he hoped by offering free membership more children in the area would take up rugby.
“Money, time and travel seem to be some of the biggest hurdles to keeping kids in sports,” he said.
“With many more junior carnivals and home games this season at Farrall Oval in Stratton we have eased the time and travel aspect.
“We hope by easing all these pressures we can get as many kids aged from five to 12 years to come on down and give it a go.”
Mr Kingi said they were grateful for any support from businesses, but were keen to attract a major sponsor for each of their junior teams at a cost of $3000 a side.
“This covers all player fees and insurances plus uniforms,” he said.
For more information contact Mr Kingi on 0435 582 121.