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Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013

Outback Rugby League’s Matt Kiddle is encouraging all kids to get down to the Rugby Holiday Clinic tomorrow. Outback Rugby League’s Matt Kiddle is encouraging all kids to get down to the Rugby Holiday Clinic tomorrow.

By Emily Roberts

Local children will have the chance have some fun at a Rugby League holiday clinic.

The Rugby League holiday clinic is scheduled right across the country and one is being held in the city tomorrow.

Outback Rugby League Development Officer Matt Kiddle said the clinic is supporting the Silver City Young Guns, which is the junior rugby league club.

"The clinic is open for all children between the ages of 8 and 13 years," he said.

"We encourage all children to attend the clinic whether or not they play rugby league.

"We are trying to promote rugby and get as many players as possible."

He said team sports and group activities during the holiday break provided an outlet for children to be active.

He said they also help with vital life lessons such as personal values, team work and relationship-building skills.

"Sport also plays a part in the development of motor skills, cognitive development, listening skills and taking instructions as well as learning valuable social skills," he said.

"This is the first time we have run a holiday clinic ... the NRL is trying something new.

"All the clinics around Australia have been pretty good so far."

Children will be shown all the skills involved in the game.

"Then hopefully we can have a game, or if there are enough kids a round robin," he said. "I hope we get as many kids as possible."

Mr Kiddle said when rugby star Laurie Daley visited, almost 70 children attended.

Each registered participant will receive a drink bottle, a boot bag and a rugby ball. The cost of registration is $10 per child and can be completed online at www.playrugbyleague.com.au or register on the day.

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