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
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.

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Going back to this...
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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 ”

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At a match
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Playing
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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.

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Ready Coach
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Playing

After a long wait and months of isolation, this October, ACER Brasil's sports activities were resumed and one of them was Rugby. Both students and teachers had to adapt to the new protocols to ensure everyone's safety and still continue the activities.
Right at the entrance, body temperature is measured, hand hygiene with gel alcohol and feet on the carpet, disposable gloves are placed and children are directed to the place of activities, always respecting a safe distance.
Emilly, 17, is one of the monitors in the sports team and spoke briefly about the resumption of classes in this new structure: “When the activities resumed, the beginning was a little complicated, without students, unaccustomed to the new methods of protection and all the care, but now we are progressing better in this situation and we are having a good result. In relation to students, they are lost a little in the organization due to the new form of security, but who is not? Even we make little mistakes. However, the return of activities made us feel good, we missed interacting, doing something to distract ourselves and expend energy. At least the students who resumed at the beginning continue to come, it is a good sign ”.
Despite the adaptations of the new methods, the students are very happy with the return of Rugby activities, which are taking place in the theatre at ACER's community centre. According to a 14-year-old student, resuming training was very good and he added: “Even with all the care, the important thing is that we are not losing content, we can learn in the same way as before”.
Gradually, we are adapting and being able to make the most of face-to-face activities, as it is important to continue transforming the lives of children and young people through Rugby and other activities, because many of them do not have other opportunities to develop sports skills. Without forgetting to always prioritize the safety and well-being of players and employees.

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Stretching
Socially Spaced Activities
Socially Spaced Activities
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Emily leading a session
Emily leading a session

Even during this quarantine period, we have been trying to make students continue to practice activities, even in social isolation. Videos and lives are made on social networks with physical and fitness exercises, motor coordination, displacement, game rules, among others. One of the main activities is Rugby, which is very important because it has contributed to the development of several children and young people.

Emilly, 17,  is one of the youth monitors and keen rugby player who is recording the exercises so that students do not lose the habit of excercising and she told us a little about how the routine is going on in this pandemic: “Classes are being held through video calls and postings of exercises performed by us, on social networks. We can say that it is a bit still, the students are not participating as much as expected, but we are keeping the content up to date. At first, I had a little difficulty because I didn't have that much ease with these recording things and because of the space too. As we are in a difficult moment, I hope that when everything improves, our classes will grow more and more, after all, many students always ask when we will return with the face-to-face activities. ACER has contributed to the performance of these children and young people, maintaining the dynamics of the students, at home we stand still, often doing nothing, with our classes we are giving content to them, some of our students have even sent videos running the activities that we went through. And so, our work is making good progress, even in quarantine.”

Despite all this, there are some limitations, as not everyone can access the digital platforms where the class takes place remotely, which is a problem we faced during this period. Even so, Rugby transforms young people and children who may not have the opportunity to develop sports skills. The expectation is that all this will pass soon, that we can learn a lot from it and so that we can return to activities, with an even greater number of young people participating in the classes.

Before COVID
Before COVID
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Rugby online!
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ASSOCIACAO DE APOIO A CRIANCA EM RISCO - ACER BRASIL

Location: DIADEMA, SP - Brazil
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Jonathan Hannay
DIADEMA, SP Brazil
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