May 5, 2014 (ISN) – On Sunday afternoon over 580 kids and 76 coaches packed the The Hangar at Downsview Park in Toronto for the annual 2014 Rugby Alliance Youth Rugby Clinic.
Former Canadian National Team players Al Charron and Kyle Nichols, along with other guest coaches including ex-Australian international Matt Burke, ran the eight-to-eighteen year olds through the key aspects of the game, fundamental skills and, most importantly, how to have fun playing rugby.
“What a great afternoon of rugby with some very rugby hungry boys and girls of all ages, size and skill sets out on mass at the Downsview grounds,” said Charron after the event.
“The wind on the day was gale like but the enthusiasm and interest was ever present. The kids were simply awesome. I’m in awe at the scale of organization and commitment not to mention the financial backing of the Rugby Alliance.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers and the coaches who took time out to pass on their time so that kids could get a chance to experience a little bit of what makes rugby so great. Proud and happy to be there!”
The Rugby Alliance is a charitable organization founded in 2013. It is a joint initiative of Macquarie Bank, Gluskin Sheff and Associates, Velocity Trade and Computershare. This organization is committed towards fostering rugby skills and encouraging strength, strategic thinking, teamwork and vigour.
“We started the Rugby Alliance from scratch and held a fantastic clinic at BMO Field last year with help from a lot of people and this year we went bigger with 580 kids and 76 volunteer coaches,” said Simon Law of the Rugby Alliance and President of Velocity Trade.
“We started things off on Thursday night at Velocity Trade’s offices with a fundraiser and raised $4,000 for the development program and we’ve had fantastic support from our community and all of the volunteers,” added Law.
“The Alliance’s goal is to try and promote rugby at a grassroots level and I think the event was a massive success.”
With rugby growing at an incredible rate in Canada, Youth Clinics such as Sunday’s are important for the development of young players and promoting safe rugby in our communities.
“Thank you to all of the Rugby Alliance partners for giving over 500 young rugby players a great day at the annual Rugby Alliance Youth Rugby Clinic in Toronto, and also thanks to the great volunteers and parents who helped too,” said Chief Executive Officer for Rugby Canada, Graham Brown following the event.