As you are probably aware the HKRU Community Foundation was established in March 2013 to provide a vehicle to manage the union’s charitable activities, with the aim of being a regional leader in the area of sport for development, using rugby as a medium to tackle social issues and effect change. The focus of the foundation is health, education, disability, juvenile crime, and social inclusion. Through the facilitation and assistance of corporate and social responsibility funds, the foundations programme’s continue to expand and go from strength to strength.
One of the HKFC Community Foundation’s programmes is “Tackling Life”, which is designed to encourage social inclusion. This has introduced rugby to children in Po Leung Kuk residential care centres, learning centres and 21 primary schools – in total over 3,500 students. The programme stresses positive values and key life skills.
In support of “Tackling Life”, at the HKFC Youth Rugby section we welcome players from Po Leung Kuk every year, and this season have nineteen players across our Mini and Colts age groups. As always it is a privilege and a pleasure to welcome these children into our youth rugby programme. Like all children, youth rugby gives them the opportunity to learn a great sport, experience being part of a group and enjoying themselves at the same time.
A great example of how well this programme can work, is last year, when all five girls from Po Leung Kuk in our U12 Girls group, were offered and took up the opportunity to join our inaugural U12 Girls Overseas Mini Rugby tour to Bangkok. This was a four day overseas trip and for many of these girls the first time they had been abroad. While the girls were accompanied by chaperones, they were very much part of the group and had a fantastic time.
This is exactly the type of activity the HKFC Youth Rugby section likes to facilitate and fund, and we look forward to similar future opportunities.
HKFC Mini Chairman
Find out more about Po Leung Kuk here: http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk/en/
Find out more about the HKRU Community Foundation here: https://www.hkrugby.com/pages/community