Learning the game
Rugby Day in Cape Breton scheduled for Aug. 20 in Glace Bay
An event to celebrate the game of rugby in Cape Breton will be held next weekend in Glace Bay.
Rugby Day in Cape Breton, hosted by the Caledonia rugby club, will take place on Aug. 20 at Hub Field.
Kassia Orychock, Caledonia mini rugby program co-ordinator, believes the event will allow the Caledonia club to share its passion of the game as well as teaching young players how to play.
“We are definitely expecting some growth in the sport on the island from this event,” said Orychock. “The best case scenario would be growth at all levels from mini, high school and senior leagues.”
The Caledonia mini program began three years ago and continues to be successful each year.
“We have consistently had 35-45 kids enrolled each summer,” said Orychock. “This year we have 36 kids registered between the ages of 3-12-yearsold.”
The overall goal of the event is to introduce and promote the sport to local communities with the hope of encouraging more children to take part in mini programs.
“Our main goal is to get the kids outside for an hour or so this day to promote being physically active, specifically through rugby,” said Orychock. “We would love to see more local teams and clubs form in the future.”
The free event will begin with a mini program session at 11 a.m., followed by a mini 7’s tournament, which will include players from local high schools. Caledonia’s men’s team will also be in action later in the day against the Baddeck club.
Aside from the Caledonia mini program, players from the Baddeck program will also be in attendance for the session.
“The mini program teaches kids the basics of the sport, such as proper ball handling, passing, running lines on the field, and using flags similar to flag football instead of contact,” said Orychock.
“Rugby is currently a fast growing sport in Canada, a lot of the credit for the growth can be attributed to our national women’s 7’s team’s success of winning bronze at the Rio Olympics last year.”
Orychock would like at least 60 children to participate in the event including players from
Caledonia and Baddeck as well as the general public.
“Rugby is a contact sport, but at the mini rugby age level there is no contact allowed,” said Orychock. “The contact is not introduced until high school, where very experienced and knowledge coaches will take the players through the
For more information and to register for Rugby Day in Cape Breton, visit the Caledonia Rugby Club Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ CalRFC/.
Mason Keylor, 5, is shown holding a rugby ball during a recent Caledonia mini program practice. Keylor is in his third year in the rugby program.