A Week of Rugby Joy

This past week Kampuchea Balopp wrapped up a incredibly busy weekend of rugby development which was tied in with the visit of International ambassador for the organisation Brice Dulin in his first visit to Cambodia.

The morning of Sunday 29th June 2014 saw us host our second Grassroots Rugby Day at the KB ALL Sports field in Phnom Penh. It was a busy affair with around 150 children representing the following partner NGO organisations: Mith Samlanh, Taramana, Aspeca, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant – Cambodia, Cambodian Children’s Fund, ISF and Krousar Thmey Foundation.

With out special guest Brice Dulin in attendance and getting involved with the training sessions as well as the dozen volunteers and Kampuchea Balopp staff: Soknov Keo, Ary Maifen Hockey, Akeo Keo Kit, Chhorvy Khna Ra Reth,Tho Khemara, Phear Ry, Khemrin Dul, Jean-Baptiste Aldigé, Michel Morlaas, Sophoan, and Sopheak, everyone was treated to a couple hours of engaging and entertaining socially inclusive rugby!

The great morning was concluded by a exhibition game involving Brice Dulin and his friend JB Aldige with kids representing Krousar Thmey who are hearing impaired. Everyone celebrated the scores in the game with the use of their hands in solidarity with the kids playing the game.(More photos)

We also had a visit from a core group of Singapore Based XV Gauloix rugby players who had beaten the Cambodian Barbarians the day before and donated kit and funds to Kampuchea Balopp and took part in the sessions.

Monday 30th June was a busy day, with Brice joining the Kampuchea Balopp coaches in running training sessions with the kids from Krousar Thmey before the first ever rugby session at the grounds of the Sofitel Hotel with another group of kids from Our Home.

The morning activities were followed by a entertaining business lunch organised in partnership with the local French Chamber of Commerce the CFCC and the European Chamber of Commerce Eurocham and Kampuchea Balopp.

Some special announcements were made; Canadian artist Stephane Delapree (Stef) commissioned 2 pieces of unique artwork for the organisation, one of which will be reprinted for kids sized t-shirts in August. (See more here)

In addition the guests were treated to sneak trailer video clips for a forthcoming crowdfunding project in connection with Frapadoc, a French based documentary crew who extensively filmed Cambodian rugby and Kampuchea Balopp as well as the state of women’s rugby in the Kingdom. The project will launch in middle of July and donations and sponsors can access the complete web documentary and video clips in due course.

Monday evening saw Brice attend more training sessions with under 11 and Under 13 Cambodia champions from Aspeca and Brice was impressed at the quality of rugby on display. On Tuesday morning Brice wrapped up his visit with a training session with children from CCF before taking in more sights of the capital and flying to Hong Kong en route to France for a well deserved rest.

Its been a fantastic week for Kampuchea Balopp and we have seen some great press coverage too! If you would like to read more see the following from the Phnom Penh Post and Le Petit Journal, FrenchisGood with Camsports and The Khmer Times running pieces soon.

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