Up-and-coming footy stars will have a chance to kick it with local professional players at an NRL Kids Day event at Ripley Town Centre on Saturday, 14 March.
With the help of Ipswich Jets players and a few big names from the Brothers Ipswich QRL women’s competition, youngsters can put their hand-eye coordination to the test and enjoy three hours of free games, challenges, dance-offs and an inflatable obstacle course.
Ripley Town Centre manager Andrew Quinert said the event was sure to get all local footy fans onside.
“We’re excited to welcome some Ipswich Jets and Brothers Ipswich players to Ripley Town Centre to get our local rugby fans off the sidelines and onto the field for some action-packed fun,” he said.
National Rugby League Limited Game Development Officer for South East Queensland James Geurtjens said it would be a great day for all ages.
Brothers Ipswich QRL player Kody House with a young fan.
“NRL Kids Day will be a great opportunity for kids and parents to try out rugby league, make some friends and get involved in some really exciting activities, all within a really inclusive and engaging environment,” he said.
“We can’t wait to have representatives from both the Ipswich Jets and Brothers Ipswich teams to show the kids what great teamwork is all about.”
Families will also have the chance to sign up for the local Swifts Junior Rugby League team and hear about the new League Stars non-tackle program aimed at giving kids the basic skills and confidence to enjoy footy.
“Our League Stars program launched in Ipswich back in May 2019, and since then the NRL has ran six programs in the area with 150 children taking part,” Mr Geurtjens said.
“Out of those kids, a whopping 80 per cent had never played rugby league previously.”
NRL Kids Day will be held at Ripley Town Centre’s Minka Place Lawn (Main Street, Ripley) from 8.30am to 11.30am and is suitable for all abilities.