Universiti Malaya field (next to Dewan Tunku Canselor, off Jalan University, KL (012 306 2258/ www.kl-saracens.com).
When it comes to spectator sport, football wins hands down in Malaysia with the game being played in schools and playgrounds, and watched fanatically on TV and in stadiums. Now, we think rugby deserves a turn in the spotlight. Next Sunday, why not bring your kid to the KL Saracens’ junior squad training at Universiti Malaya? This club is part of the global network of the famous Saracens rugby union club who won the Premiership last year.
‘While rugby is now in some local primary schools, senior boarding schools and universities, it would be good to see continuing growth,’ said Andy Lawrence, Club Secretary of KL Saracens. ‘Perhaps more than other team sports, it instils in the players sportsmanship, hard work ethic, respect and discipline – all of which are great life skills that transfer from school to the work place.’
As with all team sports, your children will love being part of a squad of like-minded players; and there’s always a chance to play against other teams at home and away. Enjoy zero membership fees at this rugby club, which coaches kids as young as five. Participants aged eight years and younger play touch rugby before moving on to the contact version of the sport.
While your child is on the field, you too can get involved by coaching. Inexperience is no excuse, as KL Saracens offers coaching courses. Volunteers are also required to prepare food and drinks at tournaments, sell club merchandise and ensure the club runs smoothly. Otherwise, simply stay on the sidelines and be that screaming mum or dad you swore you would never become! Junior squad training sessions, every Sunday, 9am. No membership fees.