Now lockdown is over, supporting campus life is at the heart of CSU Mitchell Rugby Club’s plans for the 2022 season. In his third year as president of CSU Mitchell Rugby Club, Marcus Burrell’s goal for the club is to engage everyone on campus, not just the rugby lovers.
“Something we want to change is showing lot of first years that have been in lockdown all last year that there is a life outside of just studying”, said Burrell.
One way Burrell hopes to increase community involvement is by creating more connections with local charities. Currently, Mitchell is involved with Line and Length – a men’s mental health charity created by CSU rugby alumni. However, this season, the club has big plans to introduce a solely female-based charity around June.
“We’re not going to give away who or where it is yet, it’s a bit of a surprise but it’s something different the club hasn’t done before”, said Burrell.
The partnership with the new charity comes as the club have over thirty ladies registered to play in their first-grade side for the 2022 season. The team, coached by Burrell himself, paves the way for the future of female rugby in NSW.
CSU Mitchell Rugby Union will begin its 2022 season on Saturday the 23rd of April when their men’s sides travel to Dubbo for round 1. Their ladies side will begin their season the following week, taking on Mudgee in Mudgee.
There is an open invitation for anyone interested to get involved with the club, as Mitchell Rugby are the only club on campus to offer free social memberships.
Burrell also encourages anyone keen to head down to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Zoo from 5:30-7:30pm to have a chat, check out the club and get involved.
The club are also looking for some extra players to add to their 2nd grade men’s side.
“Anyone looking to run around and have some fun with us in second-grade, we’d love to everyone,” said Burrell.
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