Sport  Brazil Project #34138

Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby

by ASSOCIACAO DE APOIO A CRIANCA EM RISCO - ACER BRASIL
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Expanding Youth Horizons in Brazil Through Rugby
Youth Players
Youth Players

In February, ACER and SP Saracens Bandeirantes Rugby started a partnership for our youthplayers to start training on Saturdays, in addition to training at SESI Diadema during the week. This will help develop their skills and also enable them to take part in competitions as part of a mixed Band Saracens and Diadema Rhinos team. 

Our students have enjoyed the training a lot, according to Nicolas, “Participating in the training is a way of learning something new in a different way, at Band we train exercises that help in coordination and resistance, the experience is great”. Roger adds: “It's been cool, training rugby helps me physically and I don't get sedentary. Participating in rugby gives me the opportunity to have a better future. I've been learning more things and developing myself better in addition to meeting new people who help me on this new journey”.

Band rugby coach Eduardo told us about the experience of working with our teenagers:
“I am very happy, they come to train, they trust Band here as an institution for the boys, because here is a good place for them, this is very important for us, to make a difference for them. I really enjoy coaching, I'm just trying to give back to the sport what the sport has already given me. So as long as I can help children and teenagers from all social classes or anything, it doesn't matter here in the Band everyone gets together and everyone is equal. I see an evolution in the boys mainly as a group, the partnership between Band and ACER I analyze as something beneficial for both clubs.”

We look forward to bringing more news about this exciting partnership during the year.

Nicolas
Nicolas
Roger
Roger
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Tag Rugby
Tag Rugby

It has been fabulous for ther children to be back on the rugby pitch training with friends in the open air. This is especially true as here in Brazil parents kept their children mostly at home for over 18 months of the pandemic. We are very grateful to our partners at SESI Diadema who offer their training facilities for us to use and it is heartening that many children from their school have decided to join our children and take up rugby. Amongst the 9 and 10 year olds we now have a majority of girls and I would like to share the thoughts of five of them who we interviewed.

Here are the thoughts of Murilo, Manu, Yasmin Laysa and Ana Giulia: "I like to play because I make new friends; I think it's cool, a fun sport and where I learned a lot of things." Yasmin chose the sport "because rugby is really cool, I got really interested, I had already done some research to find out what it was, I have fun playing."

Ana Giulia says "I like to pass, take down the Tackle Bags, play the TAG game. I really like the way the teacher teaches, he helps us improve our pass, I became stronger, agile and faster," whilst for Laysa tells us "I like playing rugby, making new friends and playing passing games is a lot of fun."

Rugby is a sport that is not only physical activities and friendships but also works strongly on values which is something that come's out well in this answer from Murilo "My teacher teaches me to work in partnership, fix some things wrong, that we have to respect others, that we can't hurt anyone."

We would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us provide such an important activity for our children and would like to remind you that this Tuesday 30th is Giving Tuesday and hope you will be able to support this project on the day.

Training at SESI
Training at SESI
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Reginaldo of SESI
Reginaldo of SESI

Since the beginning of the first Brazilian lockdown, mid March 2020, we have not been allowed to carry on the rugby training on the pitch at our partner SESI's sports centre. So it is a great joy to us and our child and youth athletes that from this Wdnesday, 8th September we shall be back.

We would like to bring you the expectations that Reginaldo, the sports centre director has for this new phase of our partnership.

“At SESI we work with the athlete of the future program, being a sports initiation for people development, so this program works with all the cross-cutting issues such as race, social position, color, gender, among others. Our program helps to develop children and teenagers in general, in addition to teaching sports.

Our expectations for the return of classes in person this year and trying to adapt the children and teenagers to the reality that we will need to follow, our expectations are to be able to get these children and teenagers out of inactivity and start exercising.

In this last year, due to the pandemic and a lot of physical inactivity, there are many new rules of coexistence, masks, alcohol gel, don't touch, don't relax and don't hug. For the sport this gets a little complicated, but let's try to adjust to this and motivate these children and teenagers for 2022."

It is wonderful for us at ACER to come back to such a strong partnership and be able to work together in top class facilities, helping the children to enrich their social and physical lives again through the practice of rugby.

Going back to this...
Going back to this...
and this...
and this...
and this!!!
and this!!!
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Selfie!
Selfie!

Wedja, 19, was a student during rugby classes at the Rinos Diadema City team and in 2017 received the opportunity to work as an intern in ACER's sports department until the end of 2019. In addition, she also participated of championships with the Rinos, and she tells us a little of how it positively impacted her life:

“Rugby was a new experience for me, something I had not experienced before. So it was very different, because I had a sense of what football was, but when I met Rugby I saw that it is totally different. I was very scared, but after I started practicing I was able to visit new places because I had championships far from here so I had to go play, I met a lot of people, I also met the Brazilian Women's Rugby Team at NAR (High Performance Sports Center) which is where they train, I watched professional Rugby games, after all, after starting to play rugby my life has changed a lot. And I can pass this on to the children I used to train, even though I didn't work much with rugby, it was more with futsal, but at times I managed to pass some activities on to them and it was very good too. And to this day, I still have a little fear of the physicality of rugby, but it is good to play and I am really missing it. I also participated in a championship in the São Paulo State team and it was very good, even though we didn't get the hoped for result, even so it was very good for all the experience and all the conviviality, for having met people from other states like Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul amongst others. So it brought something very good to my life, new experiences, new people, new learnings and also the respect and all the other meanings that rugby brings to me, because even though it is a competition we know how to respect others ”.

And earlier this year, Wedja returned to be part of the ACER sports department, now as a female futsal teacher and she tells us how rugby helped her professional growth, her expectations and how it feels to be part of ACER once again:

“To this day, I take all the values of rugby with me: love, which is the love of the team, the players and the coaches so that's why I continue my life having love for the things I do, for the people who care about me and who I care about. Living responsibly by having responsibility with the games, with your team and with your coaches is something very important too, and that until today I have been keeping with me, I already had responsibility before but rugby brought me a very different view: that responsibility is something that you have to prioritize a lot in your life. And the other concept is respect, that is with everyone, even if rugby is a sport, let's say an aggressive one, respect was not lacking. There was no lack of respect for the referee, respect for the opponent even though we were there to win the game, but always respecting others. I still have this with me, I respect all the people around me very much, even those who do not deserve it, but it is something to be human, to have respect. And to this day, I take all these vlaues with me, all these teachings and learnings, even though I stopped playing rugby for a while, but it is still part of my life, because it was for a long time, for two or three years, so it’s something that I’ll always take with me. I will never forget that and wherever I go, I will say that I played rugby ”

At a match
At a match
Playing
Playing
Playing for the state
Playing for the state
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Passing Practice
Passing Practice

After a very complicated year in 2020, ACER Brasil's sporting activities resumed in this new year and among them Rugby, which is one of the biggest projects that we offer to the community.

Through Rugby, children can better develop their physical conditioning, discipline, vision of the game and also respect, since the game needs teamwork. In addition, young people have an occupation in their idle time preventing them from staying on the streets or places of danger. One of the young students, Nicolas, told us a little bit about how important classes are to him and what he expects from them this year:

"I have been doing Rugby at ACER for 2 years and I really like attending classes because I can do more exercise and I also think the sport is really cool. I think that practising Rugby is important, because it is good to learn more about this sport. I hope that in 2021 the classes will be better than last year. My expectations are that everything will return to normal as soon as possible".

Orlando sports teacher and coordinator also has good expectations for classes this year: "My expectation for this year is to bring new students to do Rugby and also to form a new class of students, starting from the age of 9".

Although the pandemic continues to ensure that safety standards have to be followed, the ACER team intends to ensure that this project continues to have a very positive impact on the lives of children and young people like Nicolas and also reach even more people in the community, which is our mission.

All care for hygiene of spaces and hands, temperature measurement and distancing are still observed at all times.

Ready Coach
Ready Coach
Doing Circuits
Doing Circuits
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ASSOCIACAO DE APOIO A CRIANCA EM RISCO - ACER BRASIL

Location: DIADEMA, SP - Brazil
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Jonathan Hannay
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