UPEI Panther Academy introduces flag rugby


Sheila Kerry

June 3, 2013, Charlottetown, PEI (ISN) – UPEI women’s rugby Head Coach Shannon Atkins is pleased to introduce flag rugby as part of the UPEI Panther Academy community offering.

“PEI is the only province that does not have mini rugby in place, and that puts us at a disadvantage,” said Atkins. “This opportunity for rugby to build at the grassroots level is beneficial to all. It gives children an opportunity to play a new and exciting sport and will act as a feeder system for the most participated high school sport in our province. It’s a win-win situation, and I’m glad to be a part of it!”

The flag rugby program will take place June 17–August 12 on Mondays at 6:00 pm at MacAdam field at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place. The program is open to all youth 8-10 years old.

Atkins, along with members of the women’s and men’s rugby programs, will lead the program.

“Another exciting offering of our Panther Academy program,” said UPEI Athletics and Recreation Director Bill Schurman. “It’s an opportunity for young boys and girls to participate in, and learn about, the sport of rugby, be active, and have fun.”

For more information, or to register, contact pantheracademy@upei.ca or call Panther Central at (902) 566-0368.