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.
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.
Be sure to stay connected for more information about our youth rugby initiatives.
DC FLAG TRAINING
REGISTER TODAY FOR THE DC FLAG TRAINING CLASS February 25, Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th Street, NE
Washington DC Youth Rugby, in partnership with Play Rugby USA will be hosting the class free of charge for all DC Schools. The class is designed to teach teachers, administrators and volunteers how to implement and coach flag (non-contact) rugby programs at their schools. No prior rugby experience or knowledge is required.
The class teaches the rules and objectives of rugby and gives tips on teaching rugby to students. More importantly the class shows the teachers how to relate rugby skills to every day life situations.
Washington DC Youth Rugby (through Play Rugby USA) will provide the training and online module for follow-up training as well as all the equipment necessary to get started (rugby balls, cones and flag belts). We will also host a tournament later in the fall for the schools to compete against each other. The tournament will be sponsored by Sheehy Auto Stores at a date to be determined.
Our only ask for the schools is that they make a sincere effort to establish an ongoing program at their school and try to attend the tournament. It is probably better if each school has more than one representative just so there is additional coverage.
The class will be held at: Deanwood Rec Center, 1350 49th St NE, Washington, DC.
Thanks to Sheehy Auto for hosting the DC Flag Rugby Tournament
Many thanks to DC Flag Rugby Tournament sponsor Paul Sheehy for hosting a full day of rugby as part of the 6th annual Tom “Sully” Sullivan touch tournament at Gonzaga High School.
Coach of the Week: Jaron Henry
WJLA-TV ,WASHINGTON D.C. – When you look at Jaron Henry you’d think running back, that’s wrong. He’s a rugby player and he loves the game so much he started his own program for D.C. Parks and Recreation for district youth ages 7-11. Watch Henry’s story here.
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.
Let’s Read! Let’s Move!
Washington DC Youth Rugby participated in the Let’s Read! Let’s Move! event on August 5th at the National Arboretum. Let’s Read! Let’s Move! aims to increase awareness about the critical importance of summer learning, nutrition and physical activity.