Queensland Reds come to town to coach rugby's smallest fans
EAGER young Rugby union players are set to hone their football skills when the Queensland Reds bring their development program to Dalby next month.
The St George Rookies2Reds program teaches boys and girls basic rugby skills as well as educating children on the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Led by qualified Reds coaches, the five week coaching program promotes run in conjunction with Dalby Rugby Union Club and will be held on Wednesday afternoons from March 1 at the Orpen St football grounds.
Daniel Birrell, Development Manager for Queensland Rugby Union on the Darling Downs said the sessions are a great opportunity to get kids interested in rugby and teach them some great life skills.
"We teach them development skills, catching and passing, hand eye coordination skills and defence but it also encourages kids to participate in sport, to get involved and to sign up to the local rugby club," he said.
"It gives the little kids a taste of rugby and provides a pathway for them to go a little bit further if they enjoy it.
"It's great quality coaching and it's all about learning to play with other kids and team work."
The sessions are open to children aged five to ten and Mr Birrell said in past years the Rookies2Reds program was highly successful with more than 50 kids signing up.