Washington DC Youth Rugby was founded in 2004 with the mission to reach out to under-served children in Washington DC to promote health and physical fitness and to teach valuable life skills through the sport of rugby.
Our Club is free for all the children. Boys and girls are learning an exciting new sport and having fun. In many cases there are limited organized youth activities available in their communities. Children are developing physical, mental and social health through their participation in our program. We encourage parental involvement and all of our staff and coaches are volunteers.
GIRLS NIGHT RUGBY WITH THE DC FURIES
WASHINGTON WARRIORS SUMMER 2017
We have started practice at Burroughs Elementary School (1820 Monroe St NE). Please register your child for the season on our website. We are looking forward to another great summer.
We will be hosting the kids versus parents/coaches match on Saturday August 12 at Burroughs. Stay tuned for more details.
|Saturday July 15||Lutherville Timonium Vipers||John Burroughs EC 1820 Monroe St. NE Washington, DC|
|Saturday July 22||@ MD Exiles/ Ellicott City||Sligo Middle School, Denis Avenue Silver Spring MD|
|Saturday July 29||@ TOURNAMENT (U-7, U-9, U-11)||Edgewater Park 209 Maryland Ave Edgewater, MD|
|Sunday July 30||@ TOURNAMENT (U-13, U-15)||Edgewater Park 209 Maryland Ave Edgewater, MD|
Launched in 2004, our summer touch rugby program continues to be our core program which runs June to August and is open to children age 5 – 14 years old.
We welcome all kids and families to join with Warriors rugby team. Raymond Recreation Center is also offering touch rugby during the summer months in the Petworth neighborhood.
Now in its 4th year, Washington DC Youth Rugby supports a tackle program for boys and girls at Bell Multicultural High School in Columbia Heights. We are looking forward to a successful spring season.
This year, our primary goal has been to offer flag rugby to as many District elementary and middle schools as possible. We are also partnering with DC Parks and Recreation to bring flag rugby to all their recreation centers. With coaches training provided by PlayRugbyUSA, this is where we see Washington DC Youth Rugby experiencing real growth.
We are excited to be supporting a new boys and girls tackle program at Anacostia High School in the coming year. In addition, we have launched a middle school tackle program lead by coach Marcus Wood.
While not hugely popular in the U.S, rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, rugby was added to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
You will find so many drawn to the game because they want to try something different, something exciting and new, and something that others may be just a bit fearful of. Simply (and frequently) put, Rugby is not a game, it is a life style. Its essence is not drawn simply from the physical competition on the pitch, but also from camaraderie that develops from sharing such an uncommon-common bond.
Whereas Vince Lombardi spoke for most competitive sport when he said, “Winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing”- the rugby player, who still wishes to win, values the test of competition and the spirit of the game even more. People play rugby because it is not football, and it is not soccer, and it is not any of the other sports you can think of.
It is different, it is unique, and it is rugby. More than a game, more than simple competition, flying in the face of what is expected of the American athlete. Rugby has always been above the typical winning at all costs philosophy that is prevalent in other sports. It is about camaraderie and sportsmanship. Other sports often pay only lip service to those ideals; rugby exemplifies them.
For inner-city youth, there’s a new game in town: Rugby
Check out a recent article in the Washington Post metro section about the Raymond Raiders.
The Washington DC Youth Rugby has expanded to Petworth with Washington DC Youth Rugby alum Jaron Henry successfully running youth u11’s program with the DC Department of Recreation.