ON most days, you'll find Kymani and Trae Mcutchen practicing their tackles in the park.
The brothers, aged six and four, are two of about 15 players from the Parramatta Junior Eels rugby league club's under-6s side who are starting their football careers young.
"Kymani's scored two tries this year, he's a little bit shy but he's just come out of his shell in a matter of six months," said the boys' mum and team manager Deantha Popata.
"Trae was three when he first started and was very distracted then, but now he's doing tackles and the understanding of the game is sinking in. It's just getting them used to ball work and teamwork."
The team, which officially trains twice a week at Richie Benaud Oval at North Parramatta, is seeking extra players.
"We're encouraging as many players as possible to come and have a go," Ms Popata said.
"It's a brilliant club, I wouldn't change for the world. Our under 6s are actually going to the Anzac Day dawn service at Parramatta on Friday morning. It's just a matter of getting them all up at 3 o'clock in the morning to go and lay the wreath. We just want our younger boys to have an understanding of what Anzac Day's about."
She said her boys, who wear their jerseys with pride around Parramatta, had gained confidence since joining the team and learnt about communication, teamwork and sharing.
"I think it's a great thing for any kid to be involved in a team, but especially to be a part of Parramatta's team."