This year’s Walla Rugby Week has broken all-time registration records with numbers up more than 50% on last year’s record breaking amount across Australia, and an incredible 412% increase in Victoria.
The home state of the RaboDirect Rebels has enjoyed an enormous surge in registrations, rising from 2057 students and 11 schools in 2011, to 8,469 students and 64 schools in 2012.
Over 62,000 students from more than 370 schools across Australia have registered for the fourth annual Walla Rugby Week, which will runs from Monday to Friday this week, in the build up to the opening Test of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship in Sydney on Saturday 18 August.
Walla Rugby is the safe, modified version of Rugby Union that is suitable for boys and girls of all ages. It involves a two handed tag rather than a tackle, and a non-contact ball take rather than rucks and mauls. Scrums and lineouts are also modified to ensure a safe and enjoyable playing environment for all students.
The playing area is smaller than a rugby field (max. 50m x 25m including in goal area), while there are only a maximum of seven players per team. Each half goes for 15 minutes, a try is worth five points and there are no conversion attempts after a try has been scored.
The week-long program aims to introduce all students to the healthy enjoyable option of non-impact Rugby through a fun, innovative and rewarding program through schools across Australia, providing schools with everything required for the week.
Tyronne Mitchell, Rebel Rugby Development Manager, says the huge increase in numbers is a result of combined efforts and hard work from the Rebel Rugby development team and community members within local clubs.
“It’s been a great year to date and with new programs to be implemented in the second half of the year, participant numbers for 2012 will look to set new Victorian records.”
Prizes on offer in 2012 include
1st Prize: One school will be selected as the first prize winner and will receive the following prizes: A Wallaby player visit to the school, a signed 2012 Wallabies Jersey, Samsung Camcorder and 8GB SD Card
2nd Prize: One school will be selected as the second placed winner and will receive a signed 2012 Wallabies Jersey, Samsung Digital Camera and a 8GB SD Card
3rd Prize: One school will be selected as the third prize winner and will receive a signed Wallabies Ball, Samsung Digital Camera and an 8GB SD Card
4th Prize: One School will be selected as the fourth prize winner and will receive a Samsung Digital Camera and an 8GB SD Card
5th Prize: One School will be selected as the fifth prize winner and will receive a Samsung Digital Camera model and an 8GB SD Card
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