Samui is filled with activities for people of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels, but for the youth it is very much limited to football and some other smaller sporting possibilities. The Koh Samui Rugby Academy(KSRC) plans on changing that in the near future.
Bringing rugby to the youth of Samui is the first step, but the ultimate goal is to increase the visibility of this beautiful game. Rugby in Thailand is largely unknown, but has been growing quite rapidly in recent years. With annual competitions in places like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai taking place in all the major forms of the game(7’s, 10’s, 15’s) Thai’s in general are getting to know a bit more about rugby and the interest is definitely growing.
It is our aim to bring an understanding to the people of Samui about what rugby is, what’s it about and what it can lead to. The youth academy from Phuket recently had two of their former players join the Thai National side and we hope to get some of the talent on Samui up to the same standard.
We will be focusing on kid’s under the age of 13 to start with and slowly develop into different age groups. Training will be at the Samui Arena 4 days a week on the small pitch and will take place from 16.30 until 18.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 14.00 to 16.00 on Saturdays. Initially training will be about basic skills, the laws of the game and general rugby knowledge and then later moving on to more physical and technical aspects of rugby.
The KSRC is a non-profit organization and aim to help a wide spectrum of charitable causes. Unfortunately rugby equipment and field rentals are not free and we will therefore have to charge for the training sessions. Costs will be 180 baht per session or 4,500 baht for 2 months training.
We will also appreciate any financial or equipment contributions that can be provided by our fellow Samuians.
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