Jen Kish on the attack for Canada during this year's World Rugby Sevens Series. Image courtesy of Rugby Canada

The Rio 2016 Bronze Medalist, along with several other Canadian Team players, will be coaching rugby to local children for free in Vancouver and Surrey.

This Sunday, two HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees will take place at Vancouver’s Trillium Park and South Surrey Athletic Park.  The Jamborees are open to all children aged 5-12 to come and learn the basics of Rugby, meet Canadian national rugby stars, including Jen Kish, and be in with a chance to win tickets to the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament.  The events will run from 10am-12pm at both locations and no previous experience of the sport is necessary, just a desire to run around and have fun.

A host of Canadian National Rugby stars will be present at both venues, helping to run skill sessions, signing autographs and handing out spot prizes in the form of tickets to the 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens.  Athletes confirmed include:

  • Jen Kish, Canada Women’s Sevens player, Rio2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist and HSBC Ambassador
  • Andrea Burk, Canada Women’s XVs player, 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Silver Medalist and North Vancouver local
  • Jorden Sandover-Best, Canada Men’s XVs player and Abbotsford local
  • Carolyn McEwen, Canada Women’s XVs player and UBC lecturer
  • As well as Ben LeSage, Paige Farries and Elissa Alarie

This event kicks off a week of Rugby activity ahead of HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver Tournament taking place on March 9th and 10th at BC Place.  During the Jamborees, children trying out the sport will have the chance to win pairs of tickets for Saturday at the HSBC Canada Sevens.

Additionally, two lucky individuals (one from each venue) will be selected from the children who attend the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees.  They will receive an Official HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series ball carrier uniform and have the opportunity to meet some legends of the sport of rugby.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be centre stage at an international rugby tournament in-front of thousands of cheering fans.

No special clothing is necessary, just regular trainers.  Everything else will be provided by organisers BC Rugby and Rugby Canada including inflatable fields, flag belts and rugby balls.

Alongside the HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees, many BC Rugby member clubs will be playing in adjacent fields as part of the largest gathering of mini rugby players in the Province.  This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to watch others who have recently picked up the sport (maybe they’ll be teammates one day) and speak to club representatives.

Rugby is an exciting, sociable sport played by over 6 million people around the world.  Youth rugby participation in Canada has increased by 25% in 2017 and 15% in BC from 2016, which is largely due to Rugby Canada’s mass participation program, Rookie Rugby. The program introduces the game of rugby in a safe way for kids of all ages. The game is a non-contact, co-ed form of rugby using flag belts, allowing players to learn the basics while being active and having fun with their friends.

For more information on these jamborees including maps and event details, go to