What is N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc.?
N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc. is a sports organisation that caters for disabled athletes of all ages and gender using either power drive or manually powered wheelchairs. The sport that we play is a modified version of Rugby League.
Who runs N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc.?
N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc. is administered by a seven member Board Of Management, made up of both able bodied and disabled persons who are elected by the members on an annual basis. The members of the board are all volunteers and donate many hours of their own time in keeping things running smoothly. Any financial or life member of N.S.W. Push And Power Rugby League Inc. may nominate for a position on the board.
Who funds N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc.?
Whilst Push And Power is a non-profit organisation and in the past, it has had great support from D-Sport (formerly the N.S.W. Sports Council For The Disabled). D-Sport closed down in December of 2005. The N.S.W. Rugby League (NRL) and Australian Rugby League (ARL) have been great supporters of what Push And Power stands for and have generously assisted in the annual funding of operations in past years.
Even though donations from outside sources have been generous in the past, most of our funding comes through the annual membership fees and team registration fees. Outside businesses, sporting clubs and individuals sponsor the individual teams within the competition and provide the basic necessities such as uniforms.
No member of N.S.W. Push And Power Rugby League Inc. is paid their services and 100% of all money collected and/or donated is used to fund the purchase and repair of equipment when required, payment of insurances, venue hiring costs, trophies for players at the end of the competitions and partial funding of the annual awards presentation luncheon.
Who can join the organisation?
Membership of N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc. is open to any member of the public, whether they be disabled or not, who wishes to join. However, it is to be noted that under the Constitution of this organisation, all applications for membership must be passed by the Board Of Management prior to approval and an application review process is in place for all persons who wish to become members of Push And Power. Life Members are not required to submit applications or come under the review process.
We will only accept player membership applications up to Round Four of the Rugby League Season as it will be too late in the season for new players to qualify for a spot in the finals series if they choose to join up later.
NOTE: No applications for general membership will be accepted after the end of the first half of the Rugby League season.
How do I join?
If you wish to join N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc., you may download the required forms, Game Rules and Constitution from our Documents page or you may come to a game day and sign up on the spot.
If you want more information on N.S.W. Push And Power Rugby League Inc., you can contact us using any of the methods on the Contacts page.
How much does it cost to join?
The Membership fee of N.S.W. Push and Power Rugby League Inc. is reviewed on an annual basis. To find out the current fee, please contact us. This fee covers player registration for Rugby League and generally is paid by each individual member. In some cases, we have found that the a Club may pay this fee for its members. Unlike many other able bodied sporting organisations, once this fee is paid, there are no weekly ongoing fees to be paid before you can play on the day.
Team Registration costs are reviewed on an annual basis. To find out the current fee, please contact us. Team Registration costs are generally covered by the sponsors of the teams but if a team does not have an affiliation with a club or any other form of outside funding, each member of the team can pay a portion of the team registration.
All fees are reviewed annually and announced at the Annual General Meeting.
NOTE: N.S.W. Push And Power Rugby League Inc. does not provide funding for any teams.
Do I have to be disabled to join?
It is not a requirement to be disabled for membership of N.S.W. Push And Power Rugby League Inc., however, if you wish to participate in the games, you must be physically disabled to the extent that you would be unable to play mainstream able bodied sports. If a members disability is not obviously apparent, that member may be asked to provide written evidence of their disability in the form of either a letter or medical certificate from a doctor. Don't be offended by this request if you fall into this category as, under our constitution, only disabled persons may play our sports. It is also unfair to our disabled members if a space is taken on a team by a person who can participate in main stream sports.
Where are the games played?
Unless otherwise noted, all of our games for are played at Kevin Betts Stadium, Ralph Place, Mt Druitt. Phone - (02) 9675 2362. (see map - the venue is the big black square). For people without a car or access to taxis, it is a relatively short distance to Mt Druitt Railway station (about 15 - 20 minutes walk/wheel). Unless otherwise noted, game day is Saturday and kickoff is at 11:00am with games scheduled to finish at 1:00pm. The only exception is for our Rugby League competition Grand Finals Day when we start at 10:30am and run till 1:30pm.
How do I form a team?
Teams are usually formed through either individual players opting to take responsibility for organising players and funding or another interested party doing the job. Forming a team is as simple as approaching any disabled person who wishes to play and asking if they want to be a part of the team you are forming. It isn't necessary for a team to be organised or run by a member of Push And Power, but if the team manager wishes to play in the competition with their team, assuming they fit the requirements as set out in the rules, then membership will be required.
As a team manager, there are certain respnsibilities that you would be required to fulfill such as ensuring your teams funding is adequate prior to the start of the competition, registration fees that are required are paid and ensuring that the team will be available on game days. You may also be asked to assist in running games from time to time.
I want to help out in some way - what can I do?
Some of our individual teams are always on the lookout for sponsorship and management, so if you think you can provide support in this area, you are welcome to come on any game day and talk to team representatives and make your own arrangements. To manage or sponsor a team, there is no requirement to be a member of Push And Power, however it is a nice gesture.
At the end of the day, what is needed most of all each week to assist us in making each sports day run smoothly and be a success, are people who are willing to help set up the venue, score and time games, run lines and referee games. If you would like to assist us in any of these ways, just come along to a game and present yourself to one of our officials and they will gladly give you a task and a smile. It is preferable that volunteers become members of the organisation so they are covered by our insurance in case of any injuries that may be sustained performing any duties within the playing area (refereeing or running lines).