The future of rugby is in the youth’s hands.
Tyler Leggatt, the owner of Upright Rugby Canada, is making sure those hands can catch and pass well.
Leggatt started Upright Rugby Canada as a summer camp for kids. After receiving help from several national team players, and putting in a lot of hard work, Leggatt has created a well-known rugby program.
Upright Rugby Canada runs summer camps for children 12 to 16 years of age, and they run sessions for clubs and schools. Upright Rugby Canada started an academy program four years ago, which has seen high performance athletes such as Djustice Sears-Duru, Kainoa Lloyd and Danielle Spice.
The academy program is the pride of Upright Rugby Canada, according to Leggatt.
“It has helped a number of our players work toward their goal of becoming the best rugby player they can be, says Leggatt.
“The summer camps haven’t quite found their niche.”
However, Brantford Harlequins and Oakville Crusaders have partnered with Upright Rugby Canada for 2014, and Leggatt is hoping to partner with more clubs throughout the year.
This year marked the first year for the Upright Rugby Rogues, which is a specialized sevens program for aspiring high performance sevens athletes. The Rogues are just coming off a successful Las Vegas Sevens tournament. The first team won the plate final against the Toronto Rugby Union team, and the second team had a tough loss in their shield final.
It is amazing to see that, what started as a summer camp has grown into something so large and successful. Upright Rugby Canada employs three people on a semi-permanent basis, as well as seeing support from current and former junior national players.
“I am extremely grateful to have players like Andrew Ferguson, Dan Mathie and Tyler Ardron come back to help when they can,” says Leggatt.
Upright Rugby Canada is a prime example of a small rugby organization making a big impact in the rugby community.
By Dale Hall