Stepping Stones backs teams to reach seventh heaven

The Cayman Islands Rugby Union now has SteppingStones as the title sponsor for one of the most exciting sports tournaments Cayman has ever staged. 

The North American & Caribbean Rugby Association Regional Sevens tournament will be held in Cayman in a couple of months.

SteppingStones is a recruitment and training specialists firm. Managing director Milly Serpell said the company identified this particular tournament as an important event to support because of the tremendous growth in interest by the community in the Cayman Islands National Sevens program in general.

“The program has grown beyond measure over the past years and with the acceptance of the sport into the 2016 and 2020 Olympic games, rugby sevens has truly taken its place among the world’s most exciting and viewed sports,” she said. “SteppingStones is very pleased to be a part of this dynamic event.”

The national Cayman sevens team regularly competes in tournaments in North America and the Caribbean. In recent years the team’s level has reached new highs internationally. 

Director of the rugby Richard “Grizz” Adams said: “SteppingStones have been involved as a sponsor of a touch rugby team across three of our local competitions. We are fortunate to have them on board for this international event.”

The Cayman Rugby Union will be hosting the 2013 NACRA championships on Nov. 9-10, with teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other Caribbean islands participating and is sure to generate a lot of interest. 

This is an important event because the tournament’s winner will play in the World Sevens Series Hong Kong leg, the Commonwealth Games and the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization Central American and Caribbean Games in 2014.

“This underscores just how special it is for our team to host such a vital event on home soil,” Serpell said. 

Meanwhile, the Cayman Islands women’s sevens rugby squad is recruiting this weekend for a squad geared toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The free training boot camp is on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Rugby Club in South Sound from 3pm.

It is an opportunity for female members of the public to learn the sport and be trained by a group of experienced International Rugby Board-qualified coaches, a world-class strength and conditioning coach with video analysis and receive men’s national squad player demonstrations.

For anyone interested in a tryout, no rugby experience is needed, just sports clothing, training shoes, enthusiasm, energy and commitment. 

The North American & Caribbean Rugby Association Regional Sevens tournament will be held in Cayman in November.

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