Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Red Deer Titans

The Red Deer Titans want to build a Central Alberta community league with 1000 kids playing within 10 years. Last year they targeted two schools and grades 2-5 and ran a 4 week Try Rugby program with over 80 youth participating, the results were positive and they want to increase the scope this year.

As part of this project they will create promotional material to encourage youth and their parents to try rugby. They also plan to make a promotional rugby video about the game, their club and their culture.

We wish the Red Deer Titans all the best in their endeavours.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Nor’Wester Athletic Association

The Nor’Wester Athletic Association from Edmonton, Alberta want to concentrate  their efforts on 10 elementary  and junior  high schools  in their catchment  area. This will entail multiple visits to the schools  in order to establish  relationships  between  their Club’s Youth  Development Officer and the students  and schools.

They will provide  the schools  with basic  equipment  such as balls  and flags  so that rugby can continue on  as part of the  curriculum.  As well they’ll hold a tournament  each spring  and invite the schools  that they visit to participate.  The  NWAA celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and the inaugural  tournament  will be part of their anniversary celebration.

We wish the Nor’Wester Athletic Association all the best in this endeavour.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Lindsay Rugby Club

June 11th, 2014

The Lindsay Rugby Club (Kawartha Lakes, Ontario) want to create a house league in their community for the spring and summer of 2014.  They want to give an affordable introduction to rugby and manage the coaching and refereeing of the house league to keep the cost affordable. They hope to introduce the sport to a broad potential group of young players as part of an overall Government, School and Community program of Active Living .

The program will focus on age groups U8 to U14 with a projected enrolment of 80 to 160 youth, managed by 25 volunteeers.

We wish the Lindsay Rugby Club all the best in this endeavour.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Swilers Rugby Club

June 11th, 2014

The Swilers Rugby Club from St. John’s, Newfoundland want to continue their year round  rugby programs to retain and develop their U8 to U14 players with activities such as indoor rugby during the winter months, U12 -U14 practices and games during the summer months, and flag U10 practices and games.

Their coaches are currently in Junior High schools promoting the game and their summer programs. The grant funds will be used to help registration for low income players, indoor gym rentals during the winter months, rugby balls and tshirts for players and an end of summer family day.

We wish the Swilers Rugby Club all the best in their program development