SCHOOL SPORT SURVIVES: Negotiations are under way into the running of sporting programs.
SCHOOL SPORT SURVIVES: Negotiations are under way into the running of sporting programs.

School Sports President clarifies position on 2017 season

Negotiations around how Saturday Junior Rugby League will be run from the beginning of 2017 are currently under way, according to School Sport President Justin Washington.

Mr Washington said state schools are currently working with key people within their respective communities to ensure children will have the opportunity to continue to play rugby league.

“At this stage, Mitchell Magpies and St John’s are established as clubs and will be part of the 2017 competition,” he said.

“Wallumbilla, Surat and Yuleba will be forming a combined Junior Rugby League Club with the possibility of Injune joining as well. Roma State College have indicated that a club will be formed to participate in the 2017 competition.

“The great news is that at this stage, schools have collaborated with Maranoa Netball Association and have established a plan for a Saturday Junior Netball Program to commence in 2017.”

Maranoa Netball Association have also spoken up about the situation with school sport, stating they were committed to ensuring junior netball players are provided with the opportunity to participate in a quality program.

“The program will differ in the way players will participate. For example, teams or clubs will not need to be formed and nominated, players will register under Maranoa Netball Association and teams will be formed to participate in the program in a central location which will be Roma, and in time be making full use of the proposed new Netball Complex at Bassett Park,” Mr Washington said.

“The program will be open to any player within Roma and District and may extend to players outside of our district who don’t have access to regular Netball programs including Wandoan, Taroom and Miles.”

Roma State College previously announced they would not be organising rugby league or netball for the 2017 season, with the management of the teams handed over to parents and local sporting clubs.

It provoked widespread debate about the future of the program in the Maranoa.

A meeting of the sub- committee of Maranoa Netball Association will be held at the White Bull Tavern on September 3 from 12.30pm.


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