A bright, crisp morning at Burnaby Lake Rugby Club was the setting for a wonderful day of youth rugby. Over 350 children from 10 clubs across the lower mainland, flanked by an army of coaches, parents and other family members turned out for the largest Minis Jamboree of the fall season.
Minis rugby has seen a boom in recent years, with more and more children taking part in an exciting and energetic team sport. This is partly thanks to Rookie Rugby, a national program designed specifically for Minis (children aged 5-12). Concentrating on rugby’s core components of catching, passing and teamwork, Rookie Rugby is a great way to keep kids active as well as developing social and physical skills. It’s not about the scores, it’s not about medals, it’s just about getting people involved in the sport from a young age.
The Burnaby Lake Minis Jamboree was a perfect showcase for all of these aspects as children from K to Grade 6 charged up and down the fields. From the youngest players to the oldest, determination and excited smiles were etched across faces in equal measure as they raced for the try line.
One of the great things about a Minis Jamboree is how accommodating all of the teams and coaches are. Everyone has the goal of giving the maximum number of children the maximum amount of game time. So teams share players to make up numbers, play smaller or larger games and share equipment, all to ensure the kids on the field get the best experience possible. The energy and commitment from all of the coaches and parents who support these young teams is amazing to watch.
Dozens of clubs across BC have minis teams and getting your kids involved in playing Rugby is easy:
- Use our Find a Club page to locate a club near you that provides Rugby for minis
- Contact that club and ask about signing up for the Mini Rugby program
- Attend a club session or Jamboree and have fun
- Tell your friends and get them involved too
If you have any other questions, you can also contact our Rugby Development Officers who are dedicated to supporting our Clubs growth and develop grassroots Rugby (click the name to send them an email):
Vancouver Island – Tony La Carte
Vancouver & Fraser Valley – Thomas Viljoen
Fraser Valley, Interior & North – Darcy Patterson