The CCSD/Pacific Pride Legacy Fund has been created to provide a permanent endowment to the Under 23 Pacific Pride National Rugby Academy.
The original CCSD/Pacific Pride program ran from 1996 to 2005 and arguably produced some of the best rugby talent in Canada in the professional era. David Clark (formerly of the Australian Institute of Sport) was the inaugural Head Coach of the program. He was tasked to seek out rugby talent across the country and bring them to a centralized, professional training atmosphere. His goal was to further develop player’s skills and get them prepared to compete at the international level.
Only 3 years after the program started, 5 CCSD/Pacific Pride Alumni were selected to play in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. In the 2003 Rugby World Cup, more than half the team were composed of Pride Alumni and by the 2007 Rugby World Cup, every player except for five had been through the program. From 1999 to 2011, our national men’s rugby world ranking fluctuated between 16th and 11th and the Pacific Pride program was a large part of that success. Currently we are ranked 22nd in the world.
The new revamped Pacific Pride program is under the direction of former Canadian international and graduate of the original Pacific Pride Program, Jamie Cudmore. Jamie played for Canada in 4 Rugby World Cups and played at the highest level of professional rugby in France for more than a decade with Clermont Auvergne. He was also a professional coach for 3 years in France. Jamie has been tasked to repeat and improve on what David Clark initially created with the CCSD in 1996. An update from the current members of the Pacific Pride academy have informed us that they are already benefitting from the knowledge and experience Jamie brings from his international and professional career.
With the CCSD/Pacific Pride Legacy Fund, our mandate is to create a permanent endowment that will ensure the Pacific Pride Academy is around for decades to come.
Our initial goal is to raise $1 million for the newly revamped Pacific Pride Program. Of the money collected, the capital will not be encroached upon and annual guaranteed payouts from the fund will be used for the betterment of the program such as year-end international tours and equipment.
To contribute to the CCSD/Pacific Pride Legacy Fund, please use the online Donation form below.
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