Trytons cementing rugby as a game for all 3/05/2018 By NSW Waratahs Media unit Rugby’s game for all mantra continues this weekend, with the collaborative NSW Rugby and Sydney Juniors’ initiative known as Trytons kicking off its sixth season. Starting back in 2013, Trytons is a rugby programme that allows junior players with special needs to participate in a safe, modified rugby environment. Aimed at boys and girls aged 5-17 years, the sessions will take place at Maroubra’s Nagle Park and Killara’s Koola Park on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May. About 40 junior players take part in a Trytons season each year. NSW Rugby’s General Manager for Community and Participation, Mark Green, says this programme is a reflection of rugby’s values of inclusiveness. “Trytons allows boys and girls to enjoy the game of rugby in a modified, inclusive environment where they get to experience the camaraderie, friendship, exercise, skills and fun that rugby has to offer,” Green said. Green says Trytons has helped some junior players mature into regular rugby competition. “A number of our participants have graduated to mainstream rugby teams in their local clubs or schools and that is most pleasing. It is a very humbling experience for the organisers and volunteers to see the kids enjoying the experience and we get a lot out of that,” he said. Green says there is always room for more in the Trytons programme and encourages boys and girls of all abilities to give it a go. “We are always keen to have more participants and with the introduction of the NSW Government’s Active Kids Voucher initiative, there is no cost whatsoever,” Green said. Trytons kicks off this weekend at Nagle Park from 9:00am – 10:00am. Sunday’s Koola Park session will also run from 9:00am – 10:00am. The programme will run every weekend until August 2018 and 2019. For more information about the Trytons programme, please contact Mark Green, General Manager for Community and Participation at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the NSW Government’s Active Kids grant, head to https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids. About Trytons: Now in its sixth year, Trytons is a joint initiative between NSW Rugby and Sydney Juniors which gives boys and girls with special needs a taste of rugby. Run by volunteers, 40 juniors (on average) will attend sessions at two locations in Sydney’s North and East that promote a modified, inclusive environment where they get to experience the camaraderie, friendship, exercise, skills and fun that rugby has to offer.