Sense Rugby: Building kids' sporting and social skills

Published on 15 March 2022

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Melbourne Rugby Union Football Club have teamed up with Sense Rugby for an ongoing program to support children with disability by building their confidence and social connection through sport and the game of rugby.

Sense Rugby is a rugby-based occupational therapy program for kids who find it difficult to engage with mainstream activities and whom might need a little assistance to develop their gross motor skills, and their social, emotional, and behavioural skills.

The opportunity to go and play rugby on a field takes away the feeling of just another therapy session and makes it fun and engaging for kids.

“The program gives kids new sporting, communication and social skills plus they get to experience a team atmosphere and make new friends,” said Jake Du Chateau, Sense Rugby Area Coordinator and local paediatric occupational therapist.

“We are also about supporting and creating strong communities and sport is a great way to bring everyone in a community together.”

Sense Rugby brings together the worlds of Allied Health and rugby to help support all families to experience the joy of being part of a team.

To celebrate the launch of Sense Rugby in Stonnington, Melbourne Rugby Juniors are running a free trial day of Sense Rugby on Sunday 27 March 2022. Founders, Olympian Jesse Parahi and his partner, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Carlien Parahi will join Supporting Program Coordinator Jake Du Chateau at the launch.

When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm (final times will be confirmed on signup)

Where: Orrong Romanis Reserve, Prahran

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For more information email: or call Jake on 0422 522 162


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