SENSE RUGBY is launching at Alleygators!

On behalf of the Alleygators Rugby Union Club, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce SENSE RUGBY to our Club. As we are thrilled to have you joining us!

Sense Rugby was founded in October 2015 by Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Carlien Parahi and Australian Rugby Sevens Olympian, Jesse Parahi. Sense Rugby is a rugby based Occupational Therapy program designed to help kids who usually find it difficult to be part of a sports team. There are many reasons why kids may struggle to find success and enjoyment in sport. We are here to help get to the bottom of it and send them on their way to success.

Bringing the first Sense Rugby program to Queensland is Kids & Community which is a paediatric occupational therapy practice based at West Burleigh. Charmaine Owen, the Director of Kids & Community is a Gold Coast local and after tripping around in younger years settled back on the Gold Coast in 2004. Kids & Community has been operating since 2006 initially as a sole provider and now a vibrant team of 8 energetic occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and admin support staff. They provide occupational therapy and specialist support services to children and families in the greater Gold Coast and Tweed Coast areas. They work with children with a range of difficulties from children with significant disabilities to children with specific issues like coordination difficulties or management of anxiety. Charmaine said “It is our strong desire that we run this group in the environment in the community where other kids play and train.”

As the Junior President of the Alleygators Rugby Union Club, I am both honoured and looking forward to sharing our facilities with the many children and families to ensure Sense Rugby has a home within our community. You can see the program in action on a weekly basis in QLD school term on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm-4.30pm then 4.45pm-5.45pm.

*For further information about this program please contact Director Charmaine Owen at

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