Kids go free for Turbos in 2019

on Friday, 17 May 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Kids go free for Turbos in 2019

The Manawatu Rugby Union have confirmed that children will have free entry into Turbos matches in 2019.

The announcement comes as the MRU launched its membership packages on Tuesday with the major change seeing children under 16 being eligable for free entry in the general admission section to all Turbos home matches this season.

The free entry for children is supported by Mitre 10 Mega Palmerston North.

Over the past couple of years, the union has run a variety of ‘Kids Go Free’ programmes, largely targeting registed junior rugby players.

But Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive Shannon Paku said they wanted to ensure the no children were missing out.

“By opening the Kids Go Free programme to all children, we are tearing down some of the barriers that prevent some families getting to the game.”

“Each year we head to the 23 different schools as part of our annual Adopt a Turbo programme and it really opens our eyes to how many rugby-mad kids there are out there. Just because they may not play rugby, it doesn’t demish their desire to watch their local rugby heros play.

“Watching your provincial rugby team play is a right of passage when growing up in New Zealand so this is an opportunity for us to ensure Manawatu children have that chance without putting a financial burden on their families.”

Paku has memories of watching top level rugby as a child before going to have an impressive professional career including being part of the Super Rugby champion Blues in 2003 and a regular in the Hurricanes in the mid-2000s.

“As a child, watching my childhood rugby heroes playing at our local ground meant I felt part of the team and feed my desire to one day be as good as them."

Children who will be seated in the general admission areas will not require memberships or tickets for games, but there remains membership and tickets for those who sit in the grandstand.

The MRU have also confirmed the establishment of an interactive Unreal Grass Kids’ Zone at the Waldegrave St end of the ground.

“Coming to Turbos games should not just be about the action on the pitch,” Paku said. “We wanted to ensure that their is plenty to keep the kids entertained and we are lucky to have Unreal Grass and Scafit who have come onboard to help us transform the area into something special.”

More information regarding the Unreal Grass Kids’ Zone will be available later in the year.


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