Beyond Rugby Bermuda held a Rugby Championship event on Thursday [March 19] at the Saltus School, Senior Field from 4pm-6pm and included young people from the middle and secondary school levels.
This event brought the school rugby season to a close following the hugely successful Ariel Re High School and Digicel Middle School league programs. The Beyond Rugby programme helps young people to develop good character and succeed in school while having fun and staying fit. The group offers daily homework support and a meal after practice to make it all work.
Sandy’s Middle School won the Middle School Championship and took home the Aspen/Validus team trophy. Yizaryajh Williams from Sandy’s Middle School was presented the Devrae Noel-Simons Most Valuable Player trophy, by the Minister of Community, Culture and Sport Patricia Gordon-Pamplin.
The Devrae Noel-Simmons trophy is in honour of the deceased life-time athlete, who played for the Teacher’s Rugby Football Club, and coached the Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s Under 14 and Under 16 National Teams.
Cedarbridge Academy won the High School Championship and took home the Aspen/Validus team trophy. Cameron Caines from Bda Institute was presented the Malcolm Outerbridge Most Valuable Player trophy by the Minister.
The Malcolm K. Outerbridge Jr. trophy was created by Fairmont Hotels and the Outerbridge family in honour of Malcolm K. Outerbridge Jr, a positive young man who tragically lost his life.
Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, Minister of Community, Culture and Sports presented the winning trophies and had this to say, “The Beyond Rugby programme and the Family Centre involvement therein is a truly winning combination for our young people. Sport has a special way of bringing together even the fiercest of adversaries, and the efforts from this programme will continue to bear fruit.”
Darren Woods, Family Centre Community Support Worker says, “Beyond Rugby aims to supports youth to be successful both on and off of the rugby field. We find that with the right support and coaching young people carry their passion and drive for the game into other areas of their life. While for all players, yesterday’s success was on the rugby field, it is indicative of the positive changes, and commitment many young men made in their lives throughout this school year. I would like to congratulate the Cedarbridge Beyond Rugby Team for their win. I know how hard they have worked building up to this Championship.”
Gareth Nokes, BRFU Youth Chairman had this comment about the Championships, “It was incredible to see these schools coming together to play the wonderful sport of rugby. Each player displayed absolute respect for each other, their opposition and the referee whilst playing a physical sport with impeccable attitude and sportsmanship.
“It is clearly evident that Bermuda has some magnificent rugby talent coming through the ranks which bodes extremely well for the future. It has taken a couple of years to gain traction, but the 2014/15 youth rugby and Beyond Rugby programs have really brought these young men together playing with pride for their schools. I am already looking forward to the Beyond Rugby championship matches next year as we continue to work with these kids; both on and off the rugby field.”
The founding sponsors of this innovative programme are Aspen Bermuda Limited and Validus Reinsurance Ltd, who are inviting the public to join them in supporting this great cause.
Participating Middle Schools are Sandy’s Middle School, Dellwood Middle School, TN Tatem and Whitney Institute. Participating High Schools include Bermuda Institute, Warwick Academy, Saltus, Cedarbridge Academy and Berkeley Institute.