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!
Last week, Alex, Simon and Mark O’Keeffe visited Rye Rugby Club. This club provides kids whose school does not have a rugby program the opportunity to learn all about the sport. The RUNY team worked with Rye’s Coaches to lead the 20 kids, from ages of 8 to 16, through basic rugby drills that taught them breakdown work, passing lanes and 3 on 2 decision-making.
“We thought it was a great training session with a great turnout of kids, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy it,” shared Stewart from Rye Rugby Club.
Bright and early Sunday morning, Alex headed up to Danbury to help coach the first ever youth clinic, free to all ages. This clinic gave many kids in Danbury the opportunity to learn and experience rugby for the first time.
There were 25 kids in attendance, all between the ages of 4 to 17. A chilly morning, perfect for rugby, these kids kicked, passed and carried the rugby ball as they were coached through several Rugby 101 drills. They learned how to tackle, defend, travel in formation and passing techniques as they progressed through the session.
“It was great to see so many people willing to learn a new sport,” shared Alex. “But what was more impressive was the more than 15 volunteers from Danbury Women’s and Men’s teams who were so committed to growing the game from the ground up.”
Andrew Lambo, from Danbury Mad Hatters, thought the clinic was a great first step to establishing a youth program in the area. “What a great weekend of rugby! Thanks to Rugby United New York for supporting Danbury Rugby and its first youth clinic; it was a great success!”
Thank you to Rye Rugby Club and Danbury Youth Rugby Club for having us this past week. We hoped you enjoyed the sessions and hope to see you at a match in the 2020 season!
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