In partnership with Edrington Hong Kong, Rugby for Good successfully launched the “Edrington Community Rugby Engagement Programme” in Sham Shui Po on Friday, April 14th. A district-based initiative providing opportunities for low-income youth and their families, plus special educational needs students within the area, access to sports for development programmes, allowing participants to new sports challenges while pushing themselves to fulfil their potential.
The Edrington Community Rugby Engagement Programme targets youth aged 10 to 16 from local schools and N.G.O. groups serving underrepresented and special needs youth communities from 5 districts, kicking off the programme at the “Sham Shui Po Rugby Fun Day,” held at Tai Hang Tung Recreation Ground last Friday, April 14th. Thirty-three Sham Shui Po district teenagers attended the fun day through H.K.S.K.H. Kowloon City Children and Youth Integrated Service Centre and Hong Kong Federation of Women’s Centres. The day provided a variety of activities, including game booths, rugby clinics, and training to focus on developing life values, perseverance, and teamwork, not to mention the love for the game!
Training during the Fun Day was delivered by qualified coaches from Rugby For Good in partnership with a local rugby club Tai Hang Tung Lions Rugby Club. After the fun day, participants will also be invited to join four regular training sessions with the local rugby club. Should they be interested in continuing with the sport, they will be offered a one-year membership to the local rugby club, providing a progressive pathway for the participants and allowing sustainability beyond the programme.
None of this would have been possible without Edrington Hong Kong’s partnership and generous support; while providing this meaningful community engagement platform, staff members from Edrington also be attending as volunteers during the fun day, a perfect cross-community engagement for all.
What a fantastic kick-off to the initiative; we shall eagerly look forward to the next district engagement and continue to be a driving force for good in Hong Kong.