There are only a few occasions in a life time where you might be lucky enough to be present at an event with some historical significance. This was definitely the mood at Tuesday’s Sydney Uni Rugby League Club Information Evening at the Grandstand Bar at the No 1 Oval, in preparation for the 2014 season.
The event brought together past players of the club spanning five generations, new players, commercial partners, supporters and representatives from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF). All of whom are keen to help out with reinvigorating the club.
Presentations were made on behalf of the club by new Patron (former NRL and UK Super League Head Coach, Brian Smith), and Club President, Chris Kintis.
SUSF’s Corporate & Alumni Manager Rodney Tubbs provided insights into the role that alumni can play in helping the club develop. Libby Clouston, SUSF’s Elite Athlete Program (EAP) Senior Coordinator also spoke about how that program could assist the club’s future players.
Brian Smith and Chris Kintis spoke about their plans and efforts to rejuvenate and build a solid foundation for the club, including:
• Connecting and bringing together the club community including, current and past players and commercial partners and the broader community surrounding the University campus;
• Their aim to provide great playing and social opportunities for players with social events, prizes and other support; and
• Getting back into NSWRL second division competitions as the 100 year mark approaches since the establishment of the club.
Importantly, the club was also pleased to announce that the Newtown Jets had agreed to affiliate with it. The club believes that the affiliation will deliver benefits to both organisations. The club also announced that it was partnering with a number of organisations as it works towards rebuilding the club for the 2014 season including: Rockwell Olivier; deVries Tayeh, EA Financial, Subway (University of Sydney), Kass Smash Repairs, Classic Sportswear, Kobe Jones; and United Prestige.
Our key focus remains to continue to connect and engage with our community, both with our current and past players and our commercial partners. We believe that communication is the key to the club’s future and we are committed to keeping everyone informed.
All in all, it was a great night filled with many memories and anecdotes along with a sense that the future of the Club holds more great memories yet to be made.
Sydney University Rugby League Football Club
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