Sense Rugby

What is Sense Rugby?

It is a program run during the school term in collaboration with Rugby WA Clubs. Each groups is supported by an Occupational Therapist, Rugby Coach and helpers.

The following age groups are available:

About Sense Rugby?

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 you get to the bottom of it and send them on their way to success. Most of the kids we work with live with some of the following developmental delays and conditions:

Some of the goals families have when they join a Sense Rugby program include for their kids to:

Sense Rugby has a few key values that help us help kids. We always have an experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist that works with trained rugby players to help the kids to achieve success. We utilise a child’s strengths and their motivation to help them to participate and we focus on creating a positive successful social experience first and foremost.

additional information


Sense Rugby is held in Term 1 and Term 4 each year. It is an 8 week program held on Tuesdays. The group starts week 2 of term with the last group in week 9.

Location: 83 Gracefield Pavillion, Harrisdale

4-7 years olds; 3.45pm – 4.45pm
8-11 years olds; 4.45pm – 5.45pm


Sessions are $50 per hour

Private Clients
We collect all payments outside of therapy sessions to allow Therapists to focus on your child and family. Invoices are emailed following the session and payment is made bybank transfer weekly. As we secure a place for your child for the entire term we require families to complete a direct debit form when they sign up. Depending on your provider and level of cover, you many be eligible for private health rebates for Occupational Therapy Group Sessions. Please give your provider a call to see how much you will get back on each session.

NDIS clients
Families are required to complete a Service Agreement with Calm and Connected, prior to services starting. A ‘Service Agreement’ outlines any camps, sessions and administration that will be included as part of the service delivery. This allows families and therapists to have a clear understanding of what will be provided.


Volunteers play a huge role in helping run Sense Rugby. Volunteers can be high school students (can count towards volunteer hours for school), OT Students, Exercise Science Students, or anyone who has some knowledge of rugby and has an interest in supporting kids.

What’s involved in being a volunteer?

You can;

  1. Be a role model: Show kids how to do the movement by participating in the session.
  2. Give children feedback: Tell them what they are good at (confidence boosts are always welcome!). Tell the kids how they did in the activity and specific ways they can improve.
  3. Join in: Show the kids how to be sociable, make friends and what it is like to be part of a team.
  4. Hold equipment: During drills hold a tackle bag or be a throwing partner for the kids.


Becoming a volunteer is easy!

All you need is a current Working with Children Clearance and Police Clearance. We will provide you with a Volunteer Welcome Pack with all the important information and safety video.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, just sign up below.