Saturday 30 May, 2020

Bajan rugby coaches up their game

Barbadian rugby coaches learning Concussion Protocol.

Barbadian rugby coaches learning Concussion Protocol.

Ten local rugby players and coaches recently completed the World Rugby Level 1 Match Officials Course, under the auspices of the Barbados Rugby Football Union.

This educational session, taught by the highly qualified and experienced Canadian referee Peter Darbishire, was an introduction to officiating in a safe, competent and enjoyable way. This took place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the BRFU Clubhouse, located on the Garrison Savannah.

As part of this training session, the BRFU’s Martin Varga facilitated the Introduction to Concussion Awareness Management module to those in attendance.

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In 2016, the total number of registered players (worldwide) increased from 2.82 million to 3.2 million while the total number of non-registered rugby players rose from 4.91 million to 5.3 million. Almost two million children were also introduced to the sport via World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby programme during the year. As more junior players learn to play, the BRFU is ensuring that this full contact sport remains fun and exciting yet as safe as possible for all concerned.

In keeping with World Rugby and Rugby Americas North guidelines, the BRFU is working hard to ensure the safety of all players. Among the 10 participants in this training session were four males (including one under-19 player) and six females:  Nathan Corbin (U19), Shane Taylor, Danielle Phillips (2016 Rugby MVP), Sankara Price, Maria Gonsalves, Dario Howard, Kandice Best, Kevin Cobham, Althea Belgrave, and Shadé Harris.

The next fixture on the calendar is a big one, with reigning Men’s XVs Champions Guyana coming to Barbados for the first leg of the Rugby Americas North annual tournament next week Saturday, May 13, 2017. Kick-off is 3:30pm.

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