Travel and experiencing new places with a group of friends is one of the many benefits of playing rugby. Travel commitments can vary greatly depending on which age-grade or program your son or daughter is involved with.
Club programs tend to travel regionally and make a few trips throughout the season to other clubs within the province for league play. The youth club season runs from September to November and games are usually held on Sundays. During the season athletes can expect to play matches at their home field and travel to other clubs for one off matches and jamborees.
Kids who participate in elementary school rugby programs travel within their school district and to neighboring school districts to take part in jamborees. Occasionally some schools may attend a festival or jamboree located in another region of the province
High schools are often the first time a rugby athlete may experience international travel. Many high schools run tours during spring break to other Canadian provinces or abroad for their senior programs. League play involves regional travel and can involve a trip to the Provincial championships held in Abbotsford BC.
Regional representative is the entry point for athletes wishing to play for British Columbia and Canada. Training sessions are held locally and competition is held over a weekend at a location usually in the Lower Mainland.
BC Provincial Team Athletes
Provincial rugby requires more travel commitments from athletes than many of the other rugby programs offered in Canada. Training camps are typically held in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Athletes involved in these programs can expect to travel frequently during the season, which typically runs from March-July. Competition venues rotate between provinces so athletes can expect to travel domestically across Canada for up to a week in the summer months. Some provincial programs travel internationally to places like the United States, Hong Kong and Germany.
Canadian National Team Athletes
Rugby Canada runs programs starting at the U17 age grade. Athletes who are involved in Canadian National Teams can expect to be involved in travel one to three times a year generally for periods of one week. Travel includes trips domestically within Canada for training camps and internationally for competition.