East Campbelltown Eagles coach hopes kids get chance to soar

The East Campbelltown Eagles youngsters ruffled a few feathers last year and they are hoping to ruffle a few more up north this year.

The talented division one under 10's team took out two Junior Rugby League tournaments, the Wests Tigers Macarthur Minor Premiership and Premiership titles in their first year of competition.

This year their coach Daniel Milford wants to take the team to face new competition at the Gorden Tallis Cup in northern Queensland.

Milford said the tournament was the biggest under 10s competition in Australia with more than 70 teams taking part.

"We will be the only NSW contingent going and before that only one NSW team competed a few years ago," he said.

"The event attracts teams form all over QLD and the rest of Australia.

"On the back of our unexpected success last year we wanted to look for more tournaments for the kids.

"They are really competitive and in our research we came across this event which is held in Townsville."

Milford hopes local businesses or organisations will get behind the team to help them get to QLD.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids," he said.

"A lot of their parents wouldn't be able to afford to send them on this trip without community support.

"I used to play representative sport and while I don't remember the final scores or who kicked what goals - I remember all of the good times I had with my mates.

"If I can give some of those memories to these kids, as a volunteer, that is my only goal."

The young Eagles team has been training had in preparation for the competition.

Milford said the team deserved to go to Townsville and play against the country's top under 10's teams.

"Apart from exposing the team to new competition, I hope this trip will help them to learn life values, trust in others, how to step out of their comfort zones, responsibility and accountability," Milfud said.

"We have already started with little things like asking them to put their uniforms in the wash so they can support their parents, in supporting them to play the game."

Milford said league was a great sport for kids.

"It's a very inclusive sport - you're never too small, too big, too young or too old," he said.

"I love that girls can play two - my daughter and my four sons all play.

"There are games available for people with disabilities and there are league tag or league touch games for people who don't like the full contact game.

"It's very family focussed too."

Anyone interested in sponsoring or donating to the team contact coach Daniel Milford via the East Campbelltown Eagles email - inquiries.eastcampbelltown@gmail.com.