Jr rugby football gaining ground

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


A TOTAL of 229 youngsters have learned the ropes of rugby football in the city's barangays since the Davao Durians Rugby Football Club (DDRFC) started its grassroots development program last March.

Rugby development officer Blessie Kate delos Santos, in a Facebook conversation with Sun.Star Davao yesterday, said the program has catered to players as young as six years old with 19 year olds recorded as the oldest participants.

She said of the 229, some regular players are consistent in attending sessions while those at Davao City National High School are mostly walk-ins.

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"The SOS Children's Village has 42 players, Balay Pasilungan with 22, Royal Valley in Talomo with 16, Matina Aplaya 22, Tugbok 21 and Davao City Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (DCTRC) for Drug Dependents with 24," Delos Santos said.

The DCTRC is composed of boys under-18 players who are undergoing rehabilitation from drug dependence and other vices. 

Reports said that sports help in the recovery of drug dependents, thus, having 24 rugby football regulars from the rehabilitation facility is a welcome development.

Delos Santos also bare their weekly schedule as follows: Tuesdays - SOS Children´s Village at 6 p.m.; Wednesdays - Foundation of Balay Pasilungan (former streetboys) at 4:30 p.m.; and on Fridays - DCTRC at 2:30 p.m.
"We have independent groups from Brgy Matina Aplaya meeting up tentatively on weekends while Royal Valley and Barangay Buhangin Proper are training on their own," Delos Santos added.

She earlier said DDRFC is "looking for more opportunities to reach out and spread the core values and the spirit of the game". 

The DDRFC has been active in promoting the sport in the barangays and other institutions. It also organized a football tournament in Araw ng Dabaw in March this year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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