Barbados Rugby Youth Squad Targets Mexico in July 2012 #charity #barbados #fundraiser #nacra7 #rugby #scrimmage
The 2012 Under-19 NACRA (North America & Caribbean Rugby Association) Tournament is scheduled to take place Mexico City, Mexico on July 7th – 14th, 2012. Teams expected to participate are the 2011 champions Cayman Islands, 2011 runners-up Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, Mexico, Jamaica and Barbados. USA Rugby and Rugby Canada are also exploring the possibility of sending representative teams to the event.
The Barbados U19 Men’s Squad has been training hard over the past few months and on the basis of recent performances against Yale and Columbia University, is expected to make an impact at the tournament in July. But first, they need to get there. The International Rugby Board is partially subsidizing the team’s flights but the balance of the flight costs, accommodation and food has to be provided by each Union. The local boys are therefore appealing to the public to help them reach their goal of BDS$40,000 to send the squad and coaches to Mexico this summer.
Several fundraising activities are planned, and the first is actually underway. The U19 Squad, their families and their supporters, armed with official sponsor sheets, are asking the public for donations. This is being done with the support and blessing of the BRFU President George Nicholson, himself a longtime rugby player.
Public relations officer, Kathie Daniel, pointed out that Sevens Rugby will be an Olympic sport in 2016, and that Barbados would do well to promote it enthusiastically. “Last November, we had just under five hundred players, officials and fans here for the 2011 NACRA DHL Rugby Sevens Tournament,” she said. “Over thirty thousand people from around the world watched the livestream of the games via the internet. The tournament in Mexico will also be streamed live and offers worldwide exposure for the participating countries, so we are hoping that some forward thinking companies will be able to step up and assist our youth in this venture.”
The annual NACRA U19 Rugby Championships represent a golden opportunity to support positive behavior in our youth. These young men are proud to represent their country at this level, and they willingly give up their free time to come to practice several times a week with the dream of making it onto the National Under 19 Team each year.
Each player in the squad has been tasked to raise funds for the travel fund, so if you are approached by a polite young man (or parent) with a BRFU branded sponsor sheet, please give generously!