The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) is in the process of introducing rugby to the island’s premier learning institution, the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).
This initiative is being taken through the school’s administration and the Sports Coordinator, Mr. Gilroy Hall. According to a release from the SLRFU, “this collaboration has been long in the making.”
The process was punctuated in late September, when the Union was given the opportunity to showcase the sport of rugby at SALCC’s launch of groups and clubs on the institution’s grounds.
A key aspect of the launch was the registration of students to join the respective clubs and groups at the school. In excess of eighty students enrolled to join rugby with as many as forty females included on the list. This response was staggering to even the rugby officials but this indicated the strides that the Union has made in popularising the sport on the island.
A follow up meeting was held at the school this week, where various aspects of the game were discussed. A steering committee consisting of Izaryn St Paul, Arline Hunte, Alena Innocent and Najsm Cox was formed to manage the affairs of the SALCC group until systems are put in place to form a club. Training commences on Tuesday October 7, 2014 on the SALCC Flaying Field from 4:15 pm.
Colvis Samuels, president of the SLRFU, says “We are excited, encouraged and indeed heartened by what we have seen from the College these past few weeks. We have been told that rugby will be included in the Inter-house sports programme at the College, and that is excellent. We have qualified coaches who will be working with the students and staff to teach them the fundamentals of the game, and the sky is the limit.”
The SLRFU has also staged outreach activities in schools and communities including Soufriere, Laborie, Vieux Fort North, Micoud and Marchand in the past 12 months.a