The HSBC Schools Rugby Development program is well underway with as many as five schools and six hundred children currently participating in school rugby programs. With five more school set to start rugby in the new year as many as four thousand children may have the chance to participate in the HSBC sponsored School programs throughout 2006.
The first planned matches of the HSBC series of in-school and inter-school competitions will kick off at 9am at the South Sound Rugby pitch this Friday December 9th and will feature some 200 boys from John Gray High School. The year ten boys will play an inter house 10 a side tournament between 9am and 11am and will be followed by the Grade 11 boys between 11am and 1pm and the Grade 12 boys between 1pm and 3:30pm. This will give PE teacher Jon Rew a chance to pick the teams to represent the school in the Inter School league that kicks off in January. It also gives National Coach Richard Adams the chance to scout the players and offer future places in the National Rugby Academy.
Meanwhile Cayman High School, Cayman Prep, St Ignatius High and St Ignatius prep have all been receiving Rugby Training and preparing for their own in school competitions as well as the inter school leagues, thanks to the HSBC sponsorship.
In the new year Triple C, First Baptist, George Hicks, Red Bay and George Town Primary will all start their training and preparation for the upcoming series of inter school matches.
The HSBC three-year sponsorship has allowed the Cayman Rugby Union to compile a long term development plan for in school programs and will allow the Union to use outside coaching influences to make sure that the participants receive a wide and varied elite level of coaching from their very first days of playing the sport as well as a long term development plan on par with any offered worldwide.