In partnership with Play Rugby USA, Playworks Silicon Valley hosted a flurry of Rugby Jamborees throughout the South Bay Area. For many children, this was their first time playing Rugby and provided an amazing community building opportunity
Nearly 100 children from throughout the South Bay Area participated in these Playworks jamborees. Our Coaches worked with students in the weeks prior to the events to ensure there was time to get comfortable with rugby rules and fundamentals
Children arrived with an amazing attitude and willingness to play. The day consisted of a fun warm-up stretching session, explanation of Play Rugby USA's core values, lead-up rugby skills, snack break, and the fan favorite, Ultimate Rugby closing game! There was a genuine effort from students to learn new skills - passing the rugby ball, communicating with their teammates on defense, and "respecting the game" by playing fairly and safely. All participants had a blast at the end of each event playing Ultimate Rugby incorporating all of the skills they learned throughout the event and playing in one large flag rugby game with students and Coaches alike!
Green Cards were given out throughout the Jamborees to individual students selected for their positive sporting behaviors such as good teamwork, giving their best effort, or helping out other students to better learn rugby fundamentals. At the end of the day, these students were celebrated with a Play Rugby gold medal and a rousing applause from the group!
A huge THANK YOU to Anthony Lenos, Bay Area Program Director at Play Rugby USA, and his assistant, Matthew Clark, for providing multiple trainings to our Playworks staff leading up to the Jamborees, coming out to ALL the events, and helping facilitate rugby rules, games, and the 'Ultimate Rugby' closing game!