Bridge the Gap 2014 Grants Announced

June 11th, 2014

The Canadian Rugby Foundation announced the successful applicants for the 2014 Bridge the Gap youth rugby grants. The Foundation awards grants to clubs that implement local or regional projects and or events that diminish barriers and make rugby more accessible to youth. The deadline for 2014 applications was April 30th, the application process is explained on the CRF website at: reading

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Bytown Blues RFC

The Bytown Blues from Ottawa have several projects planned for 2014 including a U12-U14 contact and mini flag festival in June, an expansion of the co-ed U12 program during the winter months and a mini program during the winter months.

A big part of the cost for winter programs is facility rental and some of the funds will be used to offset the costs of field rental under the Dome to make the program affordable for low-income families.

We wish the Bytown Blues success in their efforts to provide youth rugby programs all year round.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Cowichan Valley Junior Rugby Development

The Cowichan Valley Junior Rugby Development program runs a successful “introduction to Mini Rugby” camp during May and June at the Cowichan Rugby club. They want to expand that program and run camps In Mill Bay this year with plans to expand to Ladysmith and Chemainus in future years.

The funds will be used to purchase material for the new camp including rugby balls, tackling bags, rucking pads and pinnies.

We wish Cowichan Valley Junior Rugby Development all the best with their new mini-rugby camp.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: St. Albert Rugby Club

June 11th, 2014

The St Albert Rugby Club is organizing their first annual Junior Rugby camp this year. It’s targeting an age group from U7 to U19 and hopes to attract 40-50 participants. They wanted to keep the cost low to compete with baseball and soccer camps being held at the same time.

The camp goals are to provide an opportunity for youth to experience rugby for the first time, increase the profile of club rugby amongst school level players, increase the interaction between older junior level players and their senior club team peers. Funds will be used to get Rugby Canada and Rugby Alberta sanctioning so that non-registered players can participate, help provide T-shirts and mouth guards to participants, and provide lunch for camp participants.

We wish the St Albert Rugby Club all the best with the first Junior Rugby camp.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Ottawa Indians RFC

June 11th, 2014

The Ottawa Indians started their youth rugby program in 2008 with 7 youth and now have one of the largest programs in Eastern Ontario with between 100-120 youth in their U6-U14 programs. They have a large number of volunteers including 15 coaches.

They are organizing a youth tournament in June with the help of the Ottawa Irish Club. The event will be held at Twin Elm Park and attract between 300 to 400 participants. The funds will be used to pay for tournament costs including referees, food for players and medals.

We wish the Ottawa Indians success with their tournament.

Bridge the Gap 2014 Profiles: Vancouver Island Thunder

June 11th, 2014

The Vancouver Island Thunder plan to provide rugby camps for Aboriginal youth in the U14 to U18 range. Four camps are planned on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, Port Alberni, Cowichan and Saanich. National team player Phil Mack will be the head coach.

The goal is to encourage Aboriginal youth to try rugby, also to select an Aboriginal team for the Victoria International Youth 7s on July 11-12, 2014. The plan is to enter a girls U18 and a boys U16 team into the tournament.

We wish the Vancouver Island Thunder all the best in their endeavours.

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