BIG SEASON: Ballina Rugby Union club president Josh Piercy (front) and first-grade coach John Dokter. Piercy is hoping for a big season across the junior and senior grades.
BIG SEASON: Ballina Rugby Union club president Josh Piercy (front) and first-grade coach John Dokter. Piercy is hoping for a big season across the junior and senior grades. Patrick Gorbunovs

Changes to bring ‘cohesion’ to Ballina Rugby Union Club

THE Ballina Rugby Union Club is building a solid foundation for its future this year, with a number of junior initiatives.

Club president Josh Piercy will oversee the entire club from juniors to seniors.

"It will be the first time in 10 years that junior and senior grades will run under one committee," Piercy said.

"Hopefully the new structure will see more cohesion with everyone under one banner."

As part of the focus on juniors, the Seahorses have already hosted come and try rugby days along with a secondary schools' 10-a-side competition in conjunction with the Australian Rugby Union.

The next come and try day will be at the Quays Reserve, at 4pm on Saturday.

"We had a lot of young kids at the last one between 6 and 7 (years old)," Piercy said.

"In the end they don't have to commit to playing here and it's open to any kids on the Far North Coast.

"It doesn't cost anything.

"It's all done properly through the ARU with qualified coaches," Piercy said.

The club will hold its junior sign-on days next Wednesday and again the following week at the ground from 5pm.

Seniors have already started training and a new under-18's division was added to the competition this year.

This addition means there will be no under-17s on Friday nights with juniors playing through to under-16s instead.

"All our coaches this year will have at least level 1 accreditation," Piercy said.

"We've got great facilities at Ballina and we've always welcomed FNC representative teams here for training."


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