Country Rugby League Development

Country Rugby League Development

Rugby League is one of Australia’s favourite sports, and it has been a very demanding job to maintain growth in the Central West.

Population growth in towns like Bathurst and Dubbo has led to a steady growth in rugby league.

Country Rugby League regional manager Peter Clarke said “In areas of population growth it is important to offer sporting facilities and teams close to home.”

The Bathurst junior competition saw a new team enter the competition in 2010 with two teams, and has continued to grow at a steady rate, now fielding six teams.

Areas around Dubbo including Delroy are also popular sites to begin a new junior club, Mr Clarke said “we have tried some Come and Try carnivals in the area to get an estimate on the sort of numbers we have.”

While the number of players is increasing, Peter is worried about volunteer numbers, saying “a club doesn’t run without people behind the scenes and that is another avenue we need to look into.”

With City Country being held in Mudgee this year, it is the perfect opportunity to showcase and development Central West talent in front of a local crowd.

Dubbo’s Apex oval has been short listed against Wagga Exhibition Centre to host the game next.

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