The Rugby Youth Foundation (RYF) is a Charity that aims to build capacity in disadvantaged communities in Australia, by providing children and young people with leadership training and sustainable physical activity and health programs. This is achieved by providing formal leadership training and personal development for local youths empowering them as coaches, coordinators and mentors who then implementing weekly activities for local children.
RYF creates extensive partnerships with local schools, community groups, sporting bodies, businesses and government agencies with the goal of facilitating further education, employment and localised program management to create a sustainable program within targeted communities.
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Shalvey Coach Training
A new generation of Rugby Youth Foundation coaches have been training in recent weeks at Chifley College Shalvey Campus. The Australian Sports Commission's Mark Busby put the new coaches through their paces, returning to his role as coaching educator for 2013.
In the first workshop, the cohort of 15 students got the opportunity to practice running fun and engaging rugby games. For many, Rugby in the Park will be the first opportunity to coach younger members of the Mt Druitt community, as well as fellow students.
The most recent workshop focused on planning sessions and communication skills, fundamental lessons when they begin coordinating and facilitating the ever-popular Rugby in the Park program in term 2.
Check out the photos from the training sessions:
Walla Rugby Gala Day
November 15th saw an inspirational Walla Rugby Gala Day at Chifley College Shalvey Campus in Mount Druitt. Over 250 primary school students from Crawford PS, Noumea PS, Shalvey PS and Willmot PS made their way to the tournament fields, where 25 Rugby Youth Foundation coaches planned and coordinated the tournament.
Congratulations to all participants who played hard all day and the coaches who excelled in managing, coaching and refereeing their teams. Also a huge thank you to Chifley College Shalvey Campus for hosting the tournament and to the NSW Waratahs for their special appearance.
All photos by Lee Davelaar.
October Program Update
Rugby Youth Foundation Program Manager, Brad McCarroll, gives us a brief rundown of what's been happening across programs in term 3.
1. Mt Druitt Rugby in the Park
Over the course of term 3, 15 coaches from years 9 and 10 at Shalvey Campus facilitated coaching sessions to over 30 participants from 4 local primary schools. The youth coaches also benefited from an Australian Sports Commission Coach Training program, delivered by Mark Busby.
2. Doonside Rugby in the Park
Over 7 weeks in term 3, 7 coaches had an average of 70 children to coach each week (a couple of particularly exciting weekssaw over 120 children!). Simon Hackett from the ARU attended one week providing a range of posters, balls and backpacks as give away for the Kindergarten students.
3. Granville South In-School Program
ran for 9 weeks in their regular PE class, with 70 players per week and 16 coaches.
4. Granville South Rugby in the Park
6 coaches delivered the program to an average of 25 local children. It is also very positive to see engaged parents supporting their children during the sessions, and supporting the program.
Harris and Polota-Nau pay a visit
As part of their Qantas Wallabies community engagement program, Mike Harris and (Rugby Youth Foundation ambassador) Tatafu Polota-Nau headed over to Granville Boys High School a few days before their big Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand. The players chatted to students from Granville Boys as well as Rugby Youth Foundation youth coaches who came from Granville South High School, Doonside and Mount Druitt.
The players talked about the importance of education, working hard at school and surrounding yourself with people who inspire. Tatafu also acknowledged the values of his family and the importance of being polite to people you interact with.
Bledisloe Cup comes to Granville
With the Wallabies taking on the All Blacks in Sydney in mid-August, Rugby Youth Foundation youth coaches were given the chance to view, up close, the Bledisloe Cup. With a rich history between the two biggest rugby teams on the planet, the sizeable trophy stopped by Granville South High School where youth coaches from Rugby Youth Foundation's three regions had assembled.
Kitted out in Rugby Youth Foundation's bright purple coaching shirts, youth coaches from Mount Druitt, Doonside and the host program at Granville South were able to interact and share their coaching experiences, many for the first time. Program Manager Brad McCarroll, and community co-ordinators from each of the schools, facilitated workshops exploring the roles and responsibilities of each of the coaches as well as a cultural exchange session.
Soon after discussions, the Bledisloe Cup came in. Coaches were able to learn about the history and significance of the cup, and got a few photos as mementos of the day.
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