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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
This Saturday as a part of the bye week, the NSW Waratahs are set to head down south to the Sutherland Shire to the home of the Bulldogs, Sylvania Junior Rugby Club.
For an event that has been months in the making, Club President Drew Chaney is excited to have the team at the club.
“It is our 50th anniversary at the Sylvania Bulldogs, and we are chuffed to have the boys down here to come and celebrate with us and share the experience with everyone”, said Chaney.
The initiative ties in with the Junior Club Blitz initiative, which will see the members of the NSW Waratahs squad pay a visit to clubs all across Sydney.
From Chaney’s perspective, it is a chance to fortify the ties between the grass roots level and the professional.
“The relationship between grass roots junior clubs and the NSW Waratahs is strengthening even more as they are getting out and about and coming to clubs like ours”, Chaney explained.
“They are reaching out and are proactively thinking to engage with junior clubs, which for the kids is a dream come true.”
In an event to celebrate their 50th year, the Sylvania Bulldogs have arranged everything from a mascot race to a minis tournament, and will play host to a number of entities from radio, charity (including our charity partner Batyr) and even the Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council.
A visit from the Tahs is more than just a public appearance for Chaney and the Bulldogs.
“For us at the grassroots level, it is an opportunity for our junior players to watch their heroes train”, said Chaney.
“Not only is it an event for the kids, but it is also a chance for our coaches to do some professional development by observing the way NSW Waratahs coaching staff run their session.”
NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach Cam Blades is “one of the dads down at Sylvania Bulldogs”, where his son Ben plays for the side, and also serves as a referee for the minis.
For Chaney however, this special day is all about strengthening the connection between the professionals and where they grew up.
“It is satisfying to see the Tahs embracing grassroots across NSW, it makes us feel part of the family”, he said. “We are a rugby community and that the most important thing.
“Saturday is a great chance for us to be amongst our Waratah heroes, and for them to be amongst us!”
The NSW Waratahs will be visiting the Sylvania Bulldogs Junior Rugby Club at A. R. Hurst Reserve this Saturday May 13th.
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