On Sunday, March 3rd, two HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamborees will take place at Vancouver’s Trillium Park and Delta’s John Oliver Park, offering children aged 5-12 the opportunity to try Rugby for free. The events will take place in parallel, running from 10:00am-12:00pm and incorporate the chance to meet Rugby Canada stars including Ghislaine Landry, as well as the chance to win fantastic spot prizes.
The Jamborees on Sunday are open to all children who have never tried the sport, giving them a chance to learn the basics of Rugby and see why so many children in BC regularly play with local clubs. Canadian national rugby players, including Women’s Sevens captain Ghislaine Landry, will also be in attendance to run skill sessions, sign autographs, hand out prizes and inspire the next generation rugby stars. Landry, a Gold Medal winner from the Rio 2016 Olympic games, is the current all-time record points scorer on the HSBC Women’s Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Attendees at both venues will have the chance to pick up some great prizes, including pairs of tickets to the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens tournament at BC Place on March 9-10. The tournament is the sixth stop on the World Rugby Seven’s Series and will see international men’s rugby teams from across the globe competing for the title of 2019 champions and valuable series points.
The HSBC Rookie Rugby Jamboree events are aligned to the BC Rugby Minis Spring schedule, meaning that each venue will also host a series of games between teams Rugby Clubs across the Lower Mainland. This means that families who are new to the sport will also get a chance to interact with coaches and other parents, discovering what makes Rugby such a welcoming community.
Rookie Rugby is played by a number of clubs, schools, community centres and aboriginal friendship centres across the Province of BC. It is a fun, energetic and safe way for girls and boys to learn the basics of rugby through simple games while encouraging communication, team spirit and a healthy lifestyle. Many of the Rugby clubs in BC have Mini Rugby programs that run in the Spring and Fall each year. Parents are encouraged to take the opportunity this weekend to connect with local clubs and find out how they can make Rugby a regular activity for their kids.
If your children, their siblings or friends are interested in trying rugby for the first time, head straight over to bcrugby.com/jointhegame for all the details.