Juniors signing up to play rugby league on February 19 receive a free pass to watch the Souths and Gold Coast match.
Juniors signing up to play rugby league on February 19 receive a free pass to watch the Souths and Gold Coast match. Leigh Jensen

Big game plan for club sign-on day

GROUP 2 Beautizone Junior Rugby League hopes to link with visiting NRL teams during its major sign-on carnival.

To be held at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park on

February 19, opposite the main entry to BCU International Stadium, Group 2 president Mark Thomas said the third annual carnival will have many benefits for youngsters joining junior clubs.

“All juniors signing to play club football receives free entry to the big game,” he said.

“We are assured the Titans will have players there to meet the kids and are waiting to hear if the Rabbitohs are to do the same.

“Once our juniors are inside the stadium we’d like them to form up the guard of honour as the NRL players take the field.”

While the sign-on will cater mainly for the Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Orara Valley and Bellingen clubs, ARL Development officer Mike Castle will set up a table where registrations can be lodged to play with any junior team in Australia.

“This event gets bigger every year and having the sign-on in one place takes much of the stress off volunteers,” Thomas said.

“The kids all love it and we’ve organised games for them to play.

“In addition, we’ve arranged face painting so the kids can go to the game in the colours of their favourite team and there will be a jumping castle to keep the little ones amused while the players and the parents are talking footy with the club representatives.”

Thomas said new recruits are welcome.

“Whether you’re new to town and looking for a team for the kids – even if they’ve played another code or haven’t played before – everybody is included,” he added.

“We’ll extend special welcome to grown-ups who’d like to volunteer free time to help the game.”



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