Upright Rugby Canada hosted a week long camp for young rugby players, under-8 to under-16 year olds, at Rosedale Park in Toronto, Ont.
Upright Rugby has been trying to run an event in downtown Toronto for the past few years, but due to high costs, they were unable to run an event.
“With the support of a couple key people within the Toronto rugby community, we were able to offset these costs and run our camp,” says Tyler Leggat, president of Upright Rugby Canada.
For an entire week, young ruggers took to the field, and developed their basic rugby skills. The children worked on their running and passing. As well, the children had former Canadian national front row, Dan Pletch, run a scrummaging session on the Thursday.
There were many highlights throughout the week, at Rosedale Park, and one of them was the original meet and great.
“To meet all the kids as they arrived with their parents, really made for a wonderful moment,” says Leggat.
Leggat thanks every party who helped Upright Rugby Canada put together such a successful camp. The Toronto City Rugby Club and Rugby Canada played a big role in helping put together the camp.
“They [Rugby Canada] quickly got our flyer on the website and supported the camp through social media,” says Leggat.
Rugby Canada also sent former long-time national forward, Al Charron, to Rosedale Park to speak with all the young children. Charron did a lengthy “Q & A” with the children, questions ranged from his playing career to his “favourite colour ball.”
Upright Rugby Canada will look to continue to host sessions in the downtown Toronto area, as well as continue with all of their other projects. For more information on Upright Rugby Canada, please check out their website: http://www.uprightrugby.com/.
By Dale Hall