The Assassins Rugby Football Club hosted their annual High School Rugby Academy Day on Saturday, May 4th. Every year, the goal of the Academy Day is to provide the youth rugby players with a fun environment to develop their skills with athletes from other schools and members of the Assassins RFC as well as generate interest in pursuing senior rugby. In this respect, the day was a great success and was very well attended with over 70 high school rugby athletes in attendance. The schools that participated were Glenlawn Collegiate, Churchill High School, Collège Jean Suavé, Murdoch Mackay Collegiate, Sisler High School, and Windsor Park Collegiate. Along with the excellent turn out of the high schoolers, there was a total of 18 Assassins members who volunteered their time to coach drills, referee, and work behind the scenes to ensure the day went smoothly.
In the morning, the athletes were split into groups and went through a series of drill stations focusing on ball handling, decision making, contact space and positioning. Following the drills, Tim Hortons, our sponsor for the day supplied everyone with lunch before the afternoon scrimmages. The 7 aside scrimmages were fast paced and very exciting to watch. The players showed excellent team work and communication skills amongst themselves as they joined forces with players from other teams to compete. Cam Bouchard, the Assassins RFC Youth Development Coordinator who organized the Academy Day said his highlight of the event was “seeing all of the kids watching the scrimmages and cheering on players from a school that wasn’t their own. It was really cool to see everyone embracing each other and being excited to play with athletes from different schools”. In addition to hosting the Academy Day, the Assassins RFC Head Coach, Jarett McLaughlin extended the invite to the high school players to join the senior men’s and women’s practice later in the evening. It was outstanding to see the showing of numerous high school players who came out to join the senior Assassins after their full day of rugby. The Assassins hope to see many of these talented young players out to play senior rugby for the club in the near future.