Young gentlemen of the Bahamas Rugby Football Union’s (BRFU) National Youth Development Program yield to the referee before a match involving teams comprised of students from various schools on New Providence. MATTHEW WILLIAMS
The Bahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU) is offering rugby in all schools on New Providence with two free rugby sessions a week after school on Mondays at 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the Winton Rugby Center on Rugby Drive.
“Life is all about opportunities and having a chance the rest is down to hard work, a little luck and the right attitude. We feel that rugby can create opportunities for Bahamian boys and girls and allow them the opportunity to represent their country and also take up exciting opportunities to play and get an education in America. We have a fantastic program that is only going to grow and get stronger,” said Manoli Roussos, BRFU chairman.
The BRFU is currently looking for 16 to 18-year-old boys who want to showcase their athletic skills and try out for The Bahamas national 7s team.
With the inclusion of Rugby 7s in the Olympics, the BRFU is looking to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris and the journey starts now.
“The Bahamas national rugby under-18 7s team is going to the Tropical 7s in Orlando, Florida. We want to invite young men to training on Mondays, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Winton Rugby Center.”
If they get selected for the National 7s squad, they will attend training camp starting April 6, with the proposed trip being from April 8-12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
“It has been great to have the Bahamas national coach helping support our rugby program in school, and the opportunities rugby is opening up for our students to represent their country is amazing. We are always looking at ways to showcase the talent we have at our school and develop our students in the classroom and in a sporting environment. The rugby program is growing every week and we are having over 20 girls and boys at each session”, said Adam Waterhouse, a physical education teacher and BRFU youth development officer.
The BRFU also has opportunities for girls’ rugby. This program is growing weekly and with an injection of numbers, it can launch its first under-19 girls team very soon.
The BRFU encourages those who are 16-18 years old and want to give rugby a try to come out on Mondays and Saturdays, where the BRFU will have specific girls’ rugby sessions.
All sessions are free.