Sunday 31st May saw the successful third Kampuchea Balopp Grassroots day of 2015 being held at the BKK field in central Phnom Penh. With over 200 kids from Under 9- under 15 age groups involved more than a dozen NGO and school partners participated as well as kids from the visiting group from Singapore (UWCSEA and Tanglin Rugby Club) which further promoted the social inclusivity that is a key focus of these days.
The morning session saw Under 9 and 11 children be divided into mixed groups and get involved in a variety of six different activity stations to encourage and develop their rugby skills and ensure they got a good physical workout. Despite the hot conditions usual for this time of the year, we ensured plenty of water and breaks were available!
The group from Singapore saw parents and adults helping to volunteer and run fun and basic rugby skills sessions with the kids. They also kindly donated used and new rugby balls, touch rugby bibs and used shoes which will be distributed through the partners of Kampuchea Balopp. Toby Desforges of the visiting group is a youth rugby coach and player at the Tanglin Club and enjoyed passing on his knowledge to the Kampuchea Balopp coaches and Cambodian kids. The whole group took a break for a photo and were addressed by Toby, JB and Khemrin to thank the guests for their time and donations and acknowledge the appreciation of the bonds and cross cultural benefits of sport and rugby.
The late morning session saw 5 Under 13 and 4 under 15 teams compete in contact rugby games. The under 15s were represented by children from Krousar Thmey and PSE and Krousar Thmey were using the competitive spirit to practice for their tag rugby tournament we are organizing on the 13th June at the same venue which will see local Cambodian and a visiting Hong Kong Chun Tok School deaf school participate (with the help of The Hong Kong Rugby Federation). It will be the first international tag rugby tournament to be held in Cambodia.
The Under 13’s also competed well in the games they played in, with teams rotating and playing different sides to ensure everyone got a good run.
As always a big thank our to all the coaches, volunteers, children, NGO and school partners, photographers and parents that took the time to build on these days success and grow the participation and involvement in rugby in Cambodia. (Thanks to the Phnom Penh Social Rugby club members and the visiting Singapore group for their help!)
To all our partners PSE, Transform, Krousar Thmey (Takhmao, Chhbar Ampov and PP Thmey centres), Taramana, Toutes a lécole , Mith Samlanh, for being involved.
The next KB Grassroots Day is planned for July and will be confirmed closer to the date.
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