Worcester Rookie Rugby is a great way to introduce your kids to the game of rugby. The program is open to boys and girls aged 6 to14 of all abilities. Participants are taught the basics of rugby union while playing a noncontact version of the game. The season ends with a jamboree where players compete against other Massachusetts teams.
Rookie Rugby was introduced to Worcester in the summer of 2007 by Spartans coach and former Worcester Rugby Football Club President Chris Monaghan. The number of participants has gradually grown to over 300 youths, who have demonstrated their prowess on the field and built lasting friendships off the field.
Rookie Rugby generally starts in mid-June and runs until the beginning of August. Training sessions and games are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the end-of-season jamboree is held on the first or second Saturday in August. Former Rookie Rugby players have played for local high school and college programs. The Men’s and Women’s Clubs recently received some of the first children to pass through the program.
While one of the main objectives of Rookie Rugby is to promote the game, participants also learn the importance of giving back to the community. After the last practice of the year, the players head over to the Massachusetts Veterans Shelter and hold an ice cream social for those who have served our country.
How to join
For more information please contact Chris Monaghan.