This is CommRUNYity Report, where we share how our Community Outreach Program is spreading rugby and the RUNY values in and around New York City schools and rugby clubs!
This past summer, Rugby United New York regularly discussed the impact a Community Outreach Program could have in our local area. As a commitment to serving the greater New York Community, the front office hired MLR athlete Alex MacDonald as the Community Outreach Coordinator.
MacDonald, along with Team Manager and Academy Director Simon Gillespie, regularly visit local schools and rugby clubs to host coaching sessions, as well as spread the values of the RUNY organization. This past week, Gillespie and MacDonald visited Pelham Rugby Club and the Queens Youth Rugby Club.
“It was a great week of visits,” shared MacDonald. “The kids we worked with were so focused during our sessions. They really have an appetite to learn the game. It is exciting to learn their goals, and help them try to achieve them.”
MacDonald ran the students through a variety of drills, each emphasizing a different aspect of the game. They were put through passing lines, with MacDonald highlighting the importance of the simple skill of catching and passing. The RUNY Lock also introduced the concept of decision-making in contact.
“It’s really great to see the kids out here,” shared Eric Mace, Coach of Queens’ Youth Rugby Club. “I saw a lot of good teamwork with a lot of enthusiasm from the kids.”
Thank you, Pelham Rugby Club and Queens Youth Rugby Club, for having us! We hope you enjoyed the sessions and can’t wait to see you at RUNY match during the 2020 Major League Rugby Season!
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