What is it all about?

Thunder Rugby, in partnership with BC Rugby and ISPARC, runs Rookie Rugby programs for young First Nations (aged 8-14) in various locations across BC.

Rugby is an exciting, sociable sport played by over 6 million people around the world. Rookie Rugby introduces the game of rugby in a safe way for both boys and girls. The game is a non-contact, co-ed form of rugby using flag belts, allowing players to learn the basics while being active and having fun with their friends.

After successful pilots, Thunder Rookie Rugby has expended to 6 different venues between Vancouver Island and Vancouver.  Participants need no previous experience or special equipment, just indoor gym wear, and programs are free for all who take part.  Just bring your biggest smile and plenty of enthusiasm.

Where can I take part?

There are no programs currently running.  If you are interested in hosting a Thunder Rookie Rugby program in your area, contact Tony LaCarte - tony@bcrugby.com

There are no programs currently running.  If you are interested in hosting a Thunder Rookie Rugby program in your area, contact Darcy Patterson - dpatterson@bcrugby.com

There are no programs currently running.  If you are interested in hosting a Thunder Rookie Rugby program in your area, contact Darcy Patterson - dpatterson@bcrugby.com

How do I get involved?

Thunder Rookie Rugby programs are free for all who take part.  Simply contact your local centre where a program is being hosted and ask to sign up.

Recent Locations

Thunder Rookie Rugby participants from across BC playing at halftime of the Canada vs. New Zealand Maori All Blacks in 2017, in front of over 29,000 rugby fans.

Contact

If you would like to host a Thunder Rookie Rugby Program or would like to know if there will be an upcoming program in your area, contact your local Rugby Development Officer:

Vancouver Island

Tony LaCarte – tony@bcrugby.com

Vancouver & Fraser Valley

Thomas Viljoen – tviljoen@bcrugby.com

North Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Interior

Darcy Patterson – dpatterson@bcrugby.com