(From left ro right) Get Into Rugby Weekend Press Conference with Mr. Matt Cullen, Noli Ayo, Ms. Rose Mae Lanticse, Ada Milby and Mr. Johan Masalunga

DAVAO CITY- Around 70 delegates from different schools, clubs, and divisions in Mindanao converged in Ateneo de Davao University-Matina Campus for a weekend of active, and fulfilling learning process as Philippine Ruby Football Union (PRFU) pilot launched the “Get Into Rugby” training of trainers on 09-12-June-2017. Aspiring and promising coaches and trainers from different regions in Mindanao are trained by the developmental officers of PRFU for the basic and advanced course in coaching and officiating.

Events went rolling during a press conference with PRFU director Matt Cullen that signalled pilot launch of the “Get Into Rugby” during its press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City on 09-Jun. Joining Cullen, are PRFU officials Ada Milby- Secretary General, Johan Masalunga- Developmental Program head, Rose Mae Lanticse- Developmental Officer for Davao, and Ateneo de Davao University’s Athletics Director Noli Ayo.

PRFU Davao Regional Development Officer Blessie Delos Santos welcoming the participants from different schools in Mindanao for the Get Into Rugby

The Get Into Rugby Program weekend  is to provide a meaningful grassroots program for Rugby Football which is a promising sport in Mindanao given its flexibility to be played on different conditions and situations. Ms. Ada Milby explained during the press conference that the sport is good for Filipinos since it doesn’t require height and athletes  from different disciplines can easily adapt on the skills needed for Rugby Football. As a proof, our national team for Rugby is ranked no. 1 in whole of Southeast Asia and 6th in Asia. Now, that Rugby returns as an Olympic Sport, Filipinos has a higher chance to participate in this sport in a global scale.

PRFU’s Secretary General Ada Milby facilitates the course in Tackle Rugby during day one of Get Into Rugby Program at Ateneo de Davao University

The 3-day training course are divided to basics of touch Rugby, Level 1 or 2 coaching for tackle Rugby, and Rugby Officiating course. This series of learning experience dedicated for coaches of Mindanao will ensure a great learning experience for everybody.

Get Into Rugby Participants trying the “scrum” a basic skill in Tackle Rugby.

With the participation of coaches and trainers from different regions in Mindanao, PRFU is confident that the pilot launch of Get Into Rugby in Davao with Ateneo de Davao University as main venue, will open opportunities for future champions in the sport built on solid values taught by empowered coaches in the region.- Airnel T. Abarra