Lachlan Darr and Jake Robinson with Under 8 Bears
Lachlan Darr and Jake Robinson with Under 8 Bears

CALL FOR HELP: Can you help these young league players?

OUR local rugby teams are calling for parents and volunteers to help out before the upcoming season kicks off.

Carnarvon Cubs Junior Rugby League Club and the referee association are struggling to find community members willing to put their hand up to coach and referee games.

Under 8 Tigers ready to tackle upcoming season
Under 8 Tigers ready to tackle upcoming season

The Carnarvon Cubs joined the junior Roma and District Rugby League Competition in 2016 and have provided strong competition since, however this year are asking parents to ‘come step on their toes’ and help out with their under 6 and 8 sides.

Bruce Proud, Vice President of the club saidit’s been a struggle to organise coaches for the 2020 season.

“We have been crazy ringing around to find parents, but a lot of parents have their own businesses and work and are still figuring things out,” Mr Proud said.

“It’s great because we will crack 150 members this year, but we really need some volunteers to put their hands up and lessen the load for the other coaches and volunteers.

“People don’t want to step on our toes, but we are urging parents to come forward and contact me before the upcoming season.”

Kimberley Thomas during first training of the season with Under 8 Tigers
Kimberley Thomas during first training of the season with Under 8 Tigers

Kimberley Thomas, mother to an under 8 Tiger’s player said it would be a great opportunity for a league mad teenager to coach some younger players.

“Teenage boys can relate to the younger boys better and they know a lot more about footy than us mums,” she said.

Mrs Thomas said the mums may have to coach the boys if no one else steps up soon.

“It be better if someone else helped out as the boys don’t really listen to us mums,” she said.

Similarly, Referee Development Officer Caisey Keehn said Roma is a hard area to recruit referees due to the location and the region layout.

“It has always been an issue with referee recruitment for various reasons, people work on weekends, play footy and have other commitments but in previous years the referee numbers have remained the same,” she said.

“Currently there are 8 accredited referees to officiate matches but more are needed at senior level and of course, we are always looking for more at junior club level as well.”

The officer said they are urging anyone who is keen to referee games – parents, players, community members.

“Refereeing provides opportunity to learn great people skills or there is opportunity to receive RPL with some VET courses through CQ Uni and people can obtain up to three credits towards a Certificate in sport and recreation,” she said.

“Rugby league is a big sport in Roma and surrounding areas so there’s many benefits to community members who sign up.”

Under 8 team during first training of the season
Under 8 team during first training of the season

To become a referee, participants are required to attend a Foundation 1 Referee Course which runs for approximately four hours. Once completed, they are able to start refereeing. The first course is being on April 5 at Cities Rugby League Club.

If interested in refereeing call contact Caisey on 0436 913 758 or ckeehn@nrl.com.au

To become a coach at the Carnarvon Cubs, head to their Facebook page.


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