Prince Rupert Youth Rugby Kicks Off The New Year With New Gear
Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club, Prince Rupert Port Authority and School District 52 have teamed up to provide a new training program for the youth rugby program and Charles Hays Secondary’s high school rugby teams.
The collaborative development of the youth rugby program provides new training and field equipment, a new storage container, and “Rookie Rugby” resource kits which includes training curriculum, drills, lesson plans, and game information designed to improve the development of youth rugby in schools. The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund was used to match other community donations to fund the purchase of the equipment.
The Prince Rupert Seamen Rugby Club have been dedicated to partnering with Charles Hays to support the boys and girls rugby teams, and have seen a strong increase in youth involvement in the sport since its high school reintroduction in 2010. The program has created new opportunities for local youth players to participate at local, regional, and provincial levels, including invitations for some local youth to compete at a national level.
The enhancement of the program allows the club and the School District to continue to grow these invaluable sport-based life skills and experiences for local youth and aspiring new players, and enables an expansion of the program to athletes in new schools and community programs in Prince Rupert and neighbouring First Nations communities on the North Coast.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority invested $24,215 into the project through its Community Investment Fund. The Rookie Rugby program represents another community legacy project supported by the Fund.