The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) is
expanding its outreach to local communities with the launch of the first ever “Schools of Rugby” programme in Hong
The Confucius Hall Secondary School, nestled
under the eaves of the Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po, will become Hong Kong’s first “School of Rugby”, with the
programme commencing in August 2013.
Scotland, Hong Kong and New Zealand share many
sporting links including rugby, and in particular the sevens code.
Scotland are hailed as the inventors of the abbreviated form of
rugby, Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Sevens helped make it famous
internationally, and New Zealand are widely acknowledged as the
world’s most successful team in the sport.
So it is fitting then that in the week when
rugby sevens fever is at its peak in Hong Kong, the HKRFU are
hosting an event that brings these three traditions and cultures
together while also celebrating the positive contribution that not
just rugby but indeed all sport can make to society.
The distinguished panel of guest speakers at the
HKRFU’s “Value of Sport” luncheon includes New Zealand All Black
legend Christian Cullen, New Zealand Olympic Gold Medallist Grant
Bramwell and the New Zealand Minister of Commerce Craig Foss, who
join Mr Alan Lawson, the President of the Scottish Rugby Union and
Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson at the luncheon hosted by Mr
Trevor Gregory, Chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union.
At the luncheon, this group of accomplished
people from the worlds of sport, diplomacy and industry will share
their unique experiences on how sport has impacted them as
individuals and their communities.
The HKRFU will also take advantage of the
platform to introduce its newest and most in-depth community rugby
programme, the “HKRFU Schools of Rugby programme”.
Rugby is a project developed in association with Scottish Rugby
and modelled on a similar system in Scotland which has had great
effect on local youth development.
HKRFU Chairman Trevor Gregory, commented on the
latest initiative saying, “The HKRFU believes that sport has a
prominent role to play in Hong Kong’s school communities, not just
with regards to elite achievement but in providing a learning
context that can support youth education inside and outside the
classroom. We believe that Rugby in particular can make a positive
contribution to enhancing achievement, attendance, behaviour and
fostering discipline, together with creating a sense of commitment
and pride amongst pupils and pride in the school itself.”
The Schools of Rugby programme carries on from
other recent HKRFU initiatives in the local community focusing on
using sport as a medium to help youngsters address a range of
social and educational issues.
Current HKRFU programmes are focused on
assisting youth through rugby to reduce juvenile delinquency,
learn English, build self-confidence and self-esteem, enhance
social inclusion and combat discrimination whilst at the same time
offering the opportunity for mentally and physically disabled
youth to participate in rugby activities.
With the generous support of the Scottish Rugby
Union, the HKRFU is now launching its next, and most comprehensive
initiative, to draw these themes together under a concerted and
holistic approach under the “Schools of Rugby” banner.
The HKRFU Value of
Sport Luncheon Panel
Details of this innovative new programme will be
announced at the HKRFU’s “Value of Sport” Luncheon in association
with Sino Group and the New Zealand Consulate in Hong Kong on
Thursday, 21st March 2013, from the Pool House Function Room at
the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Grant Bramwell: Grant represented New Zealand at two Olympics
Games, winning Gold in the 1,000m Men’s Kayak Fours at the 1984
Olympics in Los Angeles and representing the team in 1988 in
Seoul. Grant is also the Bronze medallist of the 1985 Canoe Sprint
Chris Paterson: Chris appeared 109 times for Scotland, (scoring
809 points), and played in 4 World Cups. He successfully converted
36 consecutive goal attempts for Scotland between 11 August 2007
and 7 June 2008 and was awarded an MBE in 2012. He has an Honorary
Doctorate in Science from Edinburgh Napier University. Since his
retirement from professional rugby he has been appointed as the
international Ambassador for Edinburgh and Scottish Rugby.
Alan Lawson: The President of the Scottish Rugby Union, Mr
Alan Lawson enjoyed a distinguished playing career representing
Scotland 15 times between 1972 and 1980. He works closely with the
Bill McLaren Foundation, the aims of which are predominantly to
develop and support the sport of rugby union and its values and
encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people.
Christian Cullen: Christian, the Paekakarilei Express, first burst
onto the international rugby scene scoring 18 tries for New
Zealand at the 1995 Hong Kong Sevens. The following year he made
his All Blacks 15s debut, and went on to score a remarkable 46
tries in 58 tests, and he remains the all-time leading try scorer
in the Tri Nations series.
How the HKRFU Schools
of Rugby Programme Works
Each School of Rugby will receive a tailored
package of support and resources, and will identify one member of
staff to act as the key liaison between the HKRFU and the school.
In addition, the school will be supported
with the provision of coach education courses and Continuing
Professional Development for its staff, as well as support in the
delivery of physical education and rugby specific elements by
HKRFU’s Development Officers.
The HKRFU will provide a weekly programme of
rugby skills and generic sport/physical development to Form 1
students, as well as working with staff to drive the development
of rugby as a priority sport.
The HKRFU will also leverage its strong
relationships with established NGO community partners to deliver
classroom sessions. These organisations, which include the Kely
Support Group and Operation Breakthrough, will also implement
existing successful HKRFU programmes such as Rugby English Action
HKRFU Strength & Conditioning staff will
facilitate Functional Movement Screening (FMS) at the beginning
and end of each school year. FMS is a simple ranking and grading
system that documents movement patterns that are vital to normal
physical development in young people.
Opportunities for further learning out of the
classroom will be provided through the support and involvement of
Hong Kong national team players acting as positive role models to
inspire the students. Students from School of Rugby schools will
also enjoy visits to rugby matches and events such as the
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and will have
opportunities for work placements and internships with the HKRFU.
By playing a central role in the curriculum, the
Schools of Rugby will provide a context for learning inside and
outside of the classroom, allowing all pupils to experience rugby,
and helping them to improve the fitness and physical literacy of
students and in turn contribute to greater educational attainment.
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