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7s Ambassadors Take To The Field With Youths In Singapore

Reigning Olympic champions Fiji and World Rugby Ambassadors Willie Lose and Karl Te Nana, took to the field yesterday with 50 local and international students for  a special Rugby 7s
13 Apr 2017 11:15
7s Ambassadors Take To The  Field With Youths In Singapore
Vodafone Fijian 7s team and head coach Gareth Baber with Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu (left), and Singapore Rugby Union president Low Teo Ping in Singapore on April 12, 2017. Photo: Fiji Airways

Reigning Olympic champions Fiji and World Rugby Ambassadors Willie Lose and Karl Te Nana, took to the field yesterday with 50 local and international students for  a special Rugby 7s clinic organised by the Singapore Rugby Union in support of SportCares Foundation.

In addition to getting the experience to train alongside some of rugby’s greats, the students played a game of tag-rugby, in mash-up teams, with the Olympic Champions and World Rugby Ambassadors.  The students also had the opportunity to engage Fijian 7s captain, Osea Kolinisau and the rest of the Fiji 7s players including Jerry Tuwai and Jasa Veremalua, in a question-and answer session.

Ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Singapore Series which kicks off this Saturday, the rugby clinic was a community engagement opportunity for the students to learn rugby values like teamwork and discipline regardless of background and nationalities.

The students are budding rugby youth players from SportCares school partners:  East Spring Secondary School, Orchid Park Secondary School, Tanglin Trust School and Singapore Cricket Club.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu who was the Guest-of-Honour at the event said, “Sport has the ability to inculcate important values in our youths. Through rugby, our youths develop character, resilience and teamwork. I’m happy to note that SportCares has been introducing rugby to our youths, and making a positive impact on their lives. I’m sure this rugby clinic, held with world-class champions from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens, will be a memorable and valuable experience for our youths.”

Low Teo Ping, President of the Singapore Rugby Union, said, “Rugby is a great connector for the community, uniting families, friends, old and new rugby fans. The tournament week also brings several rugby legends to Singapore to conduct clinics with schoolchildren and young Singaporean players. We hope to have made a small contribution towards raising the standards of rugby in Singapore, while showcasing world-class sevens rugby to fans here and in the region.”

Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said, “We’re passionate about rugby in Fiji and this training clinic is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring some of the world’s best rugby players to share their talents with budding sportsmen here in Singapore.

“As the official airline of Fiji Rugby and the HSBC Singapore Rugby 7s, Fiji Airways is honored to make it possible for players, coaches, rugby development officials and referees to travel the world and bring rugby to the masses.”

About Sport Cares Foundation

Sport Cares Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore and was officially established in October 2012 as a key recommendation of the Vision 2030: Live Better Through Sport master plan.  Sport Cares is at the heart of a growing national movement to use sport for social good. With support from partners in the community and corporate sectors, Sport Cares has organised programmes and projects that have touched the lives of more than 12,000 underprivileged children, at-risk youth, low income families and persons with disabilities. While each programme has its unique characteristics, SportCares’ mission has never varied: to empower vulnerable communities, by providing opportunities for social inclusion and community bridging through sport.

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