Saturday, 7 August 2010

Seen on the maxi muscle stand...

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Git on down to the London Tri show...

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010

Take me to the river....

The Gibraltar Dragons junior rugby club

The History of the Dragons

The Gibraltar Dragons junior rugby club was formed in 2007 with a group of 14 boys eventually building to 55 boys and a hard core of about 22. The boys asked to start an after school club and so we did. Then we had to work out a name. the boys were asked to submit ideas which ranged from ‘Gibraltar Pirates’, to ‘Wolves’, ‘Eagles’ as well as ‘Gibraltar Apes’. However, the boys picked the ‘Dragons’ and so after the last summer sports day of 2007, the Gibraltar Dragons were born

From this small start a club was formed which rapidly grew into what it is today. A club with five teams at under 9’s 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s playing in the Federacion Andalusian League representing Gibraltar.

The club is structured in such a way that we are heavily involved in the local community, as well as a Rugby Club, via the schools and summer sports programme. Last year, rugby tots were introduced which is specifically geared towards the years of 2 ½yrs up to 7 year old. The contact form of the game has been put on the curriculum of Bayside boys’ school and Westside girls’ school has been introduced to tag rugby this year, after a very successful coaching day with Martin Corry, Leicester captain and World cup winner, which they attended. This year, we have also secured the services of a part time Rugby Development officer who will oversee the development of the game in all our schools.

The promotion of Rugby is very important to the Dragons and our success can be gauged by the response we are having by attracting new players and the media coverage, which we believe, is second to none in everything we do. This is evident by the amount of UK teams now contacting us via our website and word of mouth through the UK school system.

We have had in our three years of inscription hosted four visiting UK teams, two from South Wales which were Porthcawl and Tredegar and then Barking RFC from London and Copleston High School from Ipswich. These games have been played in Victoria Stadium and the Devils Tower Training Camp. This has raised our profile with fantastic coverage from GBC TV and all local media. Already we have had 3 inquiries for this season with two teams from Milton Keyes and one from Dumfries.

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports and Gibraltar is taking steps to be involved from grass roots level upwards. We are applying for international recognition through the IRB and FIRA and our 3 to 5 year plans includes a local schools, as well as a club league, a tag rugby( for people who don’t want to play contact) as well as a junior women’s league. Our aim is that it all takes place within Gibraltar, with our own ground and club house, as well as fielding a representative team at all ages in the AndalucĂ­a league.

Our ten year plan includes national teams from under 17s upwards playing on the world stage, although at European level to start with, as Malta and Andorra are doing now, and a national 7s team taking part in the Commonwealth games as well as the IRB 7s circuit which many fledgling countries are now taking part in .