（20th March 2023．Hong Kong）Rugby For Good continues to celebrate its 10 years of communityengagement, this weekend sees Rugby For Good bringing our deaf, domestic helper communities together through rugby for two fun-filled events at King’s Park Sports Ground and D·PARK shopping mall in Tsuen Wan.
Hong Kong Society for the Deaf Fun Day
60 parents, children, and staff from Twinkling STARS Child Development Centre and Inclusive Education Resource Centre joined a carnival-like Hong Kong Society for the Deaf Fun Day at King’s Park Sports Ground yesterday, March 18th. To provide an education and engagement platform through fun rugby game activities.
Rugby For Good is supporting children and youth from the Society of the Deaf (SOD) to participate in this rugby carnival led by our very own Hong Kong Deaf Rugby team, to promote positive role modelling. The fun day also provides valuable learning and engagement opportunities for children with special education needs to practice both their communication and social skills. Peter Ng, Head of Operations, Rugby For Good commented, “In this event, we provided different parent-child games for 30 families in the Smarter Child Development Centre and the Integrative Education Resource Centre, allowing children and parents to experience the fun of rugby and learn important values such as communication, cooperation, and encouragement. Enhance parent-child
4 x 4 Touch Rugby Tournament for Domestic Worker and Hong Kong Deaf Rugby players -
HSBC Try Rugby Experience at D-PARK
Social inclusion and Well-being are two key pillars of Rugby For Good, the deaf rugby and domestic helper community are great ambassadors of these pillars. Through our Rugby For Good programmes, we can use the sport we love to build capacity for the deaf community to integrate with the active community while providing a strong platform and supporting network for domestic workers through sports.
On Sunday, 19th March, two community teams from our Domestic Workers, with players from Eagles Ladies Rugby Club, Kowloon Rays and FDH Unite (Filipina Domestic Helpers), and Hong Kong Deaf Rugby players will participate in a series of 4 x 4 touch rugby matches at HSBC Try Rugby Experience at D-Park Mall. This event is participant-led and will shine a spotlight on the strength of Rugby for Good’s diverse communities.
Players will not only experience the new 4 x 4 touch rugby format but also give back to the local community as they will also be assisting Rugby For Good coaches in the coaching clinic for the Tsuen Wan local community.
We also wish 10 players from the Hong Kong Deaf Rugby players the very best as they will be taking part in the World Deaf Rugby 7s World Cup, in April 2023, in Cordoba, Argentina. Online Donation Link: https://donorbox.org/help-hong-kong-deaf-rugby-players-to-world-deaf-rugby-7s-world-cup-championship-april-2023-cordoba-argentina
Chong Ka-yan, Hong Kong sevens representative, have been working with the deaf players in preparations for the Deaf World Cup, “Deaf rugby players normally use Touch Rugby as their mode of training, and as it is a Sevens World Cup, I hope my experience on preparation and tournament play will be helpful. The deaf players already have good basic skills thorugh touch rugby, I feel that players are set for the World Cup preparations is on track. Though sevens rugby is new to them and not much time left, I believe they will try their best to learn and their positive attitude helps.”
By nurturing community spirit, working towards greater inclusion for underrepresented groups, and increasing participation and engagement in the game, Rugby for Good has grown to provide its programmes to over 163 schools across Hong Kong, with 16 active projects and thousands of beneficiaries. More exhilarating events, embracing our local community, children, youth, and parents are upcoming.