Manawatū Rugby launches Junior Development Model
The Manawatū Rugby Union is further enhancing community rugby at the grassroots level by launching its Junior Development Model in August and September this year.
The development model was endorsed by the Manawatū Junior Rugby Board last week and will include junior club players from Under 12 and Under 13.
The Union has combined the three of its junior programmes to deliver rugby development to a wider audience and the move is in line with NZR focus on Balance is Better.
The Junior Academies, which have previously run in March each year, will be delivered at the end of the junior club competition and combined with the Zones Tournament, which moves from June to August/September. It means that the junior representative programme will no longer be delivered.
The new model will consist of development days with zonal teams being selected and play against each other. The emphasis is on developing the skills of a wide group of players before moving into the zonal format.
“The new model looks to engage with a wider group of junior players with a greater emphasis on development,” said Union operations manager Martin Brady.
The Junior Rugby Board will distribute more information on the model via the clubs during the club season, which kicks off in early May.