Davao rugby football club trains drug rehab patients

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Saturday, February 8, 2014


THE Davao Durians Rugby Football Club (DDRFC) partnered with Davao City Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents (DCTRCDD) in conducting a regular weekly training session among the male minor residents.

In a Facebook chat conversation, Rugby Football Davao region development officer Kate delos Santos, said they hold training every Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 pm to contribute to the rehabilitation program of the minors in DCTRCDD.

“This is our way of giving back through sports. The children also need a different sporting option during their recreation time,” she said.

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Delos Santos said they are also working closely with the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) in the trainings.

“We are glad because SDD-CMO officer-in-charge Sir (William) Butch Ramirez also chairs the city’s Anti-Drug Task Force. With this, we can improve more in our advocacy to help these children,” she said.

She said that DCTRCDD is one of the institutions that they have chosen for their Juniors Rugby Program. It started August last year and from then on, they have seen a big improvement in the skills of the youth.

“The staff of the facility have given us good feedbacks. In fact during our last local tournament, the residents of DCTRCDD won the U18 title against players whom we brought in the facility to play with them. This is the reason why we extended our program because we saw huge potentials among the players,” she said.

She said that the training is purely recreational. They start with warm up games, skills drills and then touch rugby games. Rules are sometimes modified to impart discipline in the aspect of playing by following rules.

She added that DDRFC hopes to extend to more institutions and be able to develop good values among the youth through playing rugby football as part of their grassroots development program.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 09, 2014.

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