NRL Mailbox: Junior passes
Each week, the NRL receives numerous enquiries in relation to its Junior Passes program so we thought we’d explain how it all works.
The NRL Junior Passes program has been running for over 20 years and was set up by the NRL to assist NSW junior rugby league clubs by providing free entry for kids to Telstra Premiership regular season games, once registered.
The $28 million program is the only one in Australian professional sport to give future stars free access to matches.
As well as providing free entry to Telstra Premiership games, activating the pass makes junior players eligible for special NRL offers.
To ensure security around the passes, passes that are not activated do not gain entry to Telstra Premiership matches. NRL Clubs may refuse complimentary access to pass holders for selected games, or where venue capacity constraints exist.
More than 180,000 Junior Passes have been distributed to children and designated club officials in registered Rugby League competitions this year - 5,000 passes more than last year.
A question that is regularly raised relates to the activation of passes. Passes need to be activated only once. They must be activated before 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Wednesday prior to the week of the game they wish to attend. That is, the pass will be valid for use for the NEXT round. This allows the relevant ticket companies time to prepare the turnstiles before the Friday and weekends matches.
Another common enquiry we get is “If I’m going to the game with someone that is using their Junior Pass for free entry, then how do I get a ticket to be able to sit next to them?”
Passes allow free entry into general admission areas only. We recommend that people contact the venue of the game they wish to attend to ask which seating the Junior Pass holders have been allocated for that particular game.
If for example the game is at Suncorp Stadium and the grounds only have reserved seating, the Junior Pass needs to be shown at the ticket box on game day in order to receive a ticket with a seat number on it.
Therefore anyone wishing to sit next to that person/s needs to purchase their ticket at the same time to ensure that seats together are available. If a game is being played at ANZ Stadium where general admission areas are not reserved seating, then the non-Junior Pass holder can purchase a general admission ticket ahead of the game so as to be seated next to the Junior Pass holder.
In either case, it is strongly recommended that people contact the venue to confirm which section of the seating has been allocated for Junior Pass holders.
For more information on our Junior Passes program and answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.rugbyleague.com.au/passes.