The Rugby Youth Foundation (RYF) is a Charity that aims to build capacity in disadvantaged communities in Australia, by providing children and young people with leadership training and sustainable physical activity and health programs. This is achieved by providing formal leadership training and personal development for local youths empowering them as coaches, coordinators and mentors who then implementing weekly activities for local children.
RYF creates extensive partnerships with local schools, community groups, sporting bodies, businesses and government agencies with the goal of facilitating further education, employment and localised program management to create a sustainable program within targeted communities.
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Rugby Youth Foundation
Rugby Youth Foundation joined forces with NRL One Community, Football United, UniSport, Australia Pararoos, Monash University, United Youth Media and Auburn Tigers AFL to make up the Australian Delegation at the 2013 Pacific Youth and Sports Conference in Noumea, New Caledonia.
RYF co-ordinators Joe Tau, Logo Filipo and Moala Polota Nau were joined by youth leaders Alex Gorgees, AJ Loau and Simaima Taufa. Over 800 youth from across the Pacific also descended upon Noumea, ready to share ideas and stories in a series of workshops, plenary sessions and practical activities.
The week was punctuated with a visit to the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea, New Caledonia as well as a trip to Amedee Island for snorkelling, rest and recuperation and a late night/early morning sports match with other delegations.
As the hectic week came to a close, delegates were able to reflect on the discussions; how to include people with disabilities in sport, how to use sport for education and health, how to measure social change. With an newly inspired cohort of passionate youth, we can look forward to some real outcomes from the conference, both in Australia and across the Pacific.
Doonside Rugby in the Park co-ordinator, Joe Tau, said "attending the Pacific Youth and Sports Conference in New Caledonia was a life moving experience. I have become a champion because I surrounded myself with champions. Together we will move mountains for others to see what's on the other side."
Program Coordinator, Mark Busby, gives us a rundown on what happened during Term 3 in the Rugby Youth Foundation programs.
Doonside Public School
The program is run by students from Doonside Technology High School, with sessions flowing extremely well and hugely positive feedback from Doonside's Principal and children. Each week 4 coaches from year 11 and 12 coach around 60 participants.
Crawford Public School
Doonside Technology High School students also coach at Crawford Public School, with 3 students taking responsibility for 80 participants each week.
Noumea Public School
Students from Chifley College - Shalvey Campus work with 100 students at each session. After each session the Youth Coaches nominate participants to receive the Noumea 'Good Sport' Award to promote fair play and effort, and present the award in front of the whole group, so their achievements are recognised.
Teachers from Noumea PS also get to nominate a 'Coach of the Week', taking into consideration positive feedback from children as well as coach's presentation, clear instructions and entertainment!
Granville South High School
10 Coaches from the Granville South cohort work 60 students on a fortnightly basis, providing access to high quality and fun coaching, alongside PE teacher Luke Farthing. The program is well established and the quality of coaching gets better each week.
27 youth from Granville, Doonside and Mt Druitt attended the Rugby Youth Foundation Camp at the Sydney Institute of Sport during September and October. Students were exposed to elite and community rugby coaching from Australian Rugby Union, First Aid, Kayaking and the infamous Ropes Challenge Course.
Special guests were in attendance from New Zealand Schoolboys Rugby Squad and the Wallabies Rugby 7's squad, as well as members of the Rugby Youth Foundation board.
British Lions, take 2
British & Irish Lions visit Granville South
Granville South High School hosted a training session for 150 children from local Primary Schools, managed and delivered by a cohort of Rugby Youth Foundation young leaders from Mt Druitt, Doonside and Granville South. Players were introduced to tackling, kicking, passing and running with the ball at a series of stations.
Mid-way through the session, British & Irish Lions players arrived, offering advice to the youth coaches and chatting to the children. Scotland's Stuart Hogg, England's Manu Tuilagi and Ireland's Conor Murray signed autorgaphs and took part in an impromptu high-kick session, much to the delight of the Granville students who attempted to catch the high balls.
After the sesion wrapped, students filed into the hall for a special High School assembly where students were able to ask questions of the Lions and enjoy a short tour film.
Check out the Lions' visit to Granville South on Lions TV.
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