Another fantastic NGO who are trialing the youth development through rugby program that Kampuchea Balopp offers in Cambodia is Toutes à l’école.
Established in 2005 by Tina Kieffer, they established Happy Chandara school 12 kilometres from Phnom Penh.. The school “enrols the most vulnerable young girls from the communities of Prek Thmey, Chhuer Teal, Koh Anlong Chen and Don Sor. These villages are situated in a rural area near the capital, on the banks of the Bassac River. The inhabitants of this region live off agriculture, fishing and informal jobs such as gathering jasmine and making jasmine bracelets.”
The organisation now hosts around 600 girls aged between 6- 17 years old and they only work with girls. After hearing about the work of Kampuchea Balopp and wanting to develop their sports activities with their program they got in touch to see if we could present our program and the activities and the sport of rugby to the girls.
Khemrin Dul and Jb Suberbie attended the NGO in June and after a successful and well attended presentation which ended with a unanimous raise of the hands when asked who would be interested in giving rugby a go, it was agreed that for the month of July, Kampuchea Balop would train a group of 40 girls between 12 -13 years old.
This past weekend, Saturday 5th July the girls had their first successful training session with all the KB coaches present and had a fantastic time getting to grips with their rugby initiation with active games and basic skills and even had the girls smiling and posing for their first team photos at the end of the session!
We have high hopes for the girls and look forward to working with them for the rest of July, and hopefully if all goes well, work with them well into the future and see them active on the rugby field but most importantly having fun!