Rugby booming

Cayman Rugby Union has announced the appointment of Joseph Westin to the position of Junior Rugby Development Officer. Westin takes over the position from Mathew Seales who was very instrumental in setting up the first inter school fixtures last year.

Mathew is now attending community college as well as working for one of the Academy sponsors. Both development officers attend the Cayman Rugby Academy program. Union President Derek Haines is delighted that the program is producing such fine role models.

‘The Academy program is demanding in many ways but one of the qualities we insist upon is that the members of the Academy must go back into the youth program and teach other children in the schoolsm,’ said Haines.

‘It is particularly pleasing that through funding from the International Rugby Board we are able to give these development officers some funding for their efforts. Joseph will be visiting each school to set up and run programs as well as prepare the school teams for the inter-school fixtures commencing in April.’

Technical Director Richard Adams is pleased to see the school programs get back in action.

‘Some of the school programs are already up and running thanks to the efforts of some of our junior coaches and teachers, who have started their own school programs which is great,’ said Adams. ‘Joseph will be concentrating upon the schools where the sport is still new as well as schools that currently do not have a rugby program. We hope to be able to have a real drive to develop the girls game also but we are reliant upon the Cayman Islands Sports Grant for this as our other sources of funding do not stretch this far. As of today we are still waiting to hear if we have been awarded any grant money. We remain hopefull however as we are hearing that other organisations are receiving their grants.’

‘Our goal is still to deliver this program to 3,000 school children and to have at least eight schools particiapte in the inter school league.

‘The Saturday program is booming with as many as three hundred children participating every Saturday from ages three to sixteen. The IRG Frank Knight youth Rugbyfest to be held March 5th will be a wonderfull day and we will have the International Rugby Board Development Manager Tom Jones here to see all of the children in action as well as the Academy.’

This Saturday the u-16 team will be highlighting the card with a game starting at 4:45pm in preparation for their upcoming series of matches at Easter against Canadian and US teams along with the Academy U18 side.

The men’s AA cup fixture between the Academy and Iguanas will start slightly earlier than usual at 3:30pm to make way for the U16 match which will be the highlight of the day.’