Empowering Young Athletes Through Rugby Clinics

Orange, Central West, Australia — The Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) is making waves beyond the bustling cityscape of Sydney. Their commitment to growing the game of rugby extends far and wide, reaching the picturesque town of Orange. On Tuesday the 16th of April, SUFC returns to the Central West, bringing with them a passion for player development and community engagement.

A Home Away from Home: Kinross Wolaroi School

In January, SUFC’s senior squad and Colts descended upon Kinross Wolaroi School for preseason training. The camaraderie, the sweat, and the shared love for rugby forged bonds that transcended the field. Now, during the school holidays, SUFC is back, and this time, they’re here for the kids.

Kinross Wolaroi School has become SUFC’s “home away from home” in the Central West. The sprawling grounds echo with the laughter of eager young players, their eyes alight with the promise of learning and growth. It’s more than a rugby clinic; it’s a bridge connecting city and country, tradition and innovation.

Coaching the Coaches: A Vital Mission

SUFC understands that nurturing rugby talent isn’t just about the players—it’s about the entire ecosystem. That’s why they’ve invited local coaches to be part of this journey. These dedicated coaches, often unsung heroes, play a pivotal role in shaping young athletes.

“Coaching the coaches”—it’s a mantra that resonates within SUFC. By investing in coach education, they ensure that the ripple effect of knowledge reaches far beyond the clinic. When a local coach learns, a hundred kids benefit. When a child excels, the entire rugby community thrives.

Wallabies at the Helm

Leading this rugby symphony are two Wallabies with hearts as big as the field itself. Laurie Weeks, SUFC Wallaby #100, brings his wealth of experience to the clinic. As head of People and Culture, he knows that rugby isn’t just about tries and tackles—it’s about character and resilience.

Beside him stands Nathan Charles, SUFC Wallaby #99 and current Executive General Manager. His passion for the game is contagious, and he embodies the spirit of giving back. Together, they inspire not only with their rugby prowess but also with their commitment to community upliftment.

Skills for Life: Every Child Counts

The clinic’s main focus? Development. SUFC wants every child to walk away with more than just rugby skills. They aim to instill values—teamwork, discipline, and respect—that will serve these young athletes well beyond the try line. As the juniors season approaches, these kids carry with them not only a piece of SUFC apparel but also a sense of purpose.

SUFC’s legacy isn’t confined to the hallowed halls of Sydney University. It’s etched into the green fields of Orange, where dreams take root and futures are shaped. So, as the sun sets over Kinross Wolaroi School, remember this: Rugby isn’t just a game; it’s a journey—one that SUFC is proud to share with the Central West.

Join us in celebrating rugby, community, and the indomitable spirit of young athletes.

For more updates on SUFC’s initiatives and events, visit our website: Sydney University Football Club