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Local children play rugby at the Old Stadium during a Kampuchea Balopp games day
Local children play rugby at the Old Stadium during a Kampuchea Balopp games day. KAMPUCHEA BALOPP

Grassroots rugby Sunday

The ANZ Royal Grassroots Rugby Day will be held this Sunday involving hundreds of children at the Old Stadium from 9:30am till noon.

Organised by Kampuchea Balopp, a rugby promotional platform supported by 12 different local NGOs, the event aims to use the sport as a medium for educational and social wellbeing.

According to Kampuchea Balopp program manager Jean-Baptiste Suberbie, who directed a ground-breaking girls rugby camp in Kep two months ago, the Sunday initiative is to create an ideal environment for children from different branches to get to know and understand each other better.

Children of different ages, backgrounds and playing levels will blend into small groups for morning practice session, where they can hone their rugby skills in a dynamic yet fun-filled way.

After a break for lunch provided by Hagar Catering, the participants will watch an U18 exhibition game between two teams made up of players from the French school Rene Descartes and local charity organisations Taramana, PSE and ASPECA.

“Due to the large number of children involved in the day, we are working with co-ordinators from the NGOS and volunteers to assist us to ensure that the day runs smoothly,” Steve Noble, Communication Manager of Kampuchea Balopp, told the Post.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors for the day – ANZ Royal and Hagar Catering,” he added.

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