Gifts for coaches up to the players

NORTH COAST sporting associations are reassuring junior sports players they have no obligation to chip in money towards a gift for coaches at the end of the season.

The clarification comes after the Casino parents of 10year-old rugby league player Nathan Davy claimed their son was prevented from playing in the final game of the season last Saturday because they did not contribute $5 towards a present for the coach.

The Casino team's assistant coach, Sid Lane, has refuted the claims. Mr Lane said Mr Davy had withdrawn Nathan from the game. Mr Davy had been told his son would not be playing a full match because game time had to be shared to cope with numbers wanting to play.

The Northern Star spoke with five sporting groups yesterday and all said it was up to each player to decide whether to make a contribution.

Group One Junior Rugby League president Kel Menchin said the association did not have a policy on gifts.

"It's the team's decision and it's a surprise at the end of the year," Mr Menchin said.

Netball NSW regional co-ordinator Leslie Kirk and Far North Coast Hockey president Clint Mallett agreed.

"To the best of my knowledge there is no policy on giving the coach a gift. It's done as a token of appreciation for the time the coach has put into developing the players," Ms Kirk said.

Mr Mallett said: "It's the individual team's choice. We do see some teams support their coach that way and others don't."

Far North Coast Soccer president Matt Kelso said: "It's at the discretion of the individual."

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