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

Founding Father: George Jones Profile

George Jones Q.C. is well known in both athletic and legal circles. His resume is lengthy and legendary and includes appearances and successes at virtually every court level, fundraising, coaching, refereeing in many sports and at many levels. Blessed with fine oratorical skills, legal judgment, an innate sense of wrong and right together with a complete lack of financial sense and generosity to all regardless of circumstances dictates that George is still working hard after 50 years at the bar.Continue reading

The 2013 Scholarship Application Process Now Open

The Canadian Rugby Foundation is pleased to open the 2013 scholarship application process for a number of scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Thomas Family Scholarship was established in 2008 as a way of thanking the Thomas family for their extreme generosity to the Foundation and all of the various rugby projects they have supported over the years.  The Foundation presents the Thomas Family Scholarship annually to a Canadian student playing the great game of rugby.Continue reading

Newsletter May 2012

Operations & Activity Report

Dear Donors and Members,

I am writing on behalf of the board of directors of the Foundation to report on activities and operations over the first half of this year. I will break my report into several headings.Continue reading