Rovers give back to local juniors

More than 40 years after the Cooma Rovers trust fund was established, it continues to support junior local rugby league.

In about 1965 the Rovers Rugby League Club purchased a house from the Snowy Mountains Authority and transported it to Cooma where they rebuilt it in Betts Street for the purpose of housing a coach.

When the Rovers became the Alpine Wanderers in 1970 the house was placed in the hands of a trust to be used for the development of junior rugby league in the area. It is still being used for this purpose today.

Present trustees include Chippy Boller, Chris Mould and Mick Schofield.

Today the trust continues to support junior Rugby League by helping clubs purchase jumpers or trophies and by donating money to the Harry Nicholls Shield each year.

This year it is supporting a new initiative, a development camp for local under 16 and under 18 rugby league players.

It gets underway on February 22. The exciting new program will see retired Canberra Raiders captian Alan Tongue lead a training session.

Cooma Stallions First Grade Captain/Coach Steve Dunn, first grade player Todd Williams and retired Cooma Stallions player Ty Fallins will also be attending, as will the 2012 South Coast Academy representatives Zane Weston, Joel Smith and Blayne Thomas.

The Cooma Rovers Development Camp committee would like to thank the following sponsors, without their support the camps would not have been able to be provided free to the participants. Sponsors are Cooma Rovers, Woolworths, Coles, Melray Meats, Monaro Milk and Juice, Cooma's Original Hot Bake, Cooma Colts, Cooma Stallions, Australian Hotel Bistro and Franks Butchery.

Session 1 commences at 8.45am on Saturday February 22, 2014 at Cooma Showground.

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