TryTime Rugby League is a league program specifically dedicated to providing opportunities to children that suffer from autism.
Below is a letter from the clubs Secretary, Allan McGowan, in regards to the club looking to expand the program in 2014 and beyond to include other Junior Rugby League clubs:
- TO ALL interested Rugby League Clubs and people who may pass on this message to any person they think may be interested.
Firstly, I would like to tell you a little about the concept of TryTime Rugby League.
TryTime is the name of the program we run for kids with Autism who completed their initial season in 2013 and we are looking to expand the program to others if they think it fits into their club's realm of requirements.
I can assure everyone that this program is one of unlimited opportunities, and we can share our experiences with you to maybe short cut any misgivings you may have about taking on this program.
It is the first of its type as it is specific to children of all ages who have some kind of Autism or another, we understand the large spectrum this covers and would like to explain this in full at our meeting.
2013 at our club was abuzz with the introduction of our "Special Needs" players who came from all types of backgrounds, all differing age groups, all having one thing in common, their love of the game of Rugby League Football as well as a yearning to participate (something that able bodied kids sometimes take for granted).
This factor was the driving force for the program as many good people joined our club with their children to attend training every Saturday morning from 8:00am to 9:30am.
The team actually played a game being mixed up with our 13-1s and 13-2s teams who got a lot more out of the experience than the TryTime players, although the players of TryTime would differ on that opinion.
This initiative, which came about from a meeting with a Dad who's son had Autism is one of the best things to ever happen to Wentworthville United Junior Rugby League Football Club in my 20 years here, it is so rewarding not only for all concerned, but to see the results of kids running around playing footy with a great big smile on their face was in itself a very enjoyable club activity.
We would like to invite you to a seminar on the subject of TryTime Rugby League and how it can best be implemented from our experience in 2013.
This seminar will be held on Saturday the 14th of December in the Wenty Leagues Club Park View Meeting Room at 10am and go until 2pm if needed.
Lunch will be provided to all who attend, please RSVP by the 12th of December by email (contact details at the bottom of the article).
Please give this some thought and reply if you think you/your club may be interested in forming your own TryTime side, or you may know someone else who may be interested.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Wentworthville United Junior Rugby League Football Club