About the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE)

CORE Basics

  • CORE was founded in January of 2010
  • It was designed to grow and develop the sport of rugby in the Central Okanagan.
  • CORE serves rugby enthusiasts, players, coaches, referees, trainer/managers in four Canadian communities – Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, and West Kelowna.
  • Focused on three key types of rugby - 15-a-side rugby, sevens rugby, and touch rugby.
  • Established as a not-for-profit society on March 10, 2010. (Society #S0056434)


#21 - 2213 Waddington Court
Kelowna, BC, V1V2P4

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Core History


  • April 19
    CORE Kick-off Meeting. Keynote presenter: Shane Thompson
  • April 19
    CORE Endowment Fund established, managed by the Canadian Rugby Foundation.
  • September
    Ken Boe initiates touch rugby for 180+ students in seven SD23 elementary schools. Capri Insurance provides a ball for every player.
  • November
    Al and Barb Perry initiate ‘In Memoriam’ and will-based legacy donations to the CORE Endowment Fund.
  • November 10
    First Annual General Meeting. Keynote presenter: Glenn Ennis.


  • May
    CORE launches first-ever adult touch rugby league in the region. 100+ athletes on eight teams participate in the league, sponsored by Rusty's Steakhouse and Sports Bar.
  • August 12
    CORE hosts BC Rugby Hall of Fame Dinner - Ro Hindson inducted.
  • August 13
    CORE hosts Canadian Rugby Championship game - BC Bears vs Prairie Wolf Pack.
  • September
    CORE Academy launched - 17 youth players participate in elite sevens off-season training.
  • December 3
    Second AGM. Keynote speaker: Gareth Rees.


  • March
    Ken Boe develops a touch rugby curriculum for use in elementary schools, sponsored by Columbia Bottle Depots.
  • August 18
    CORE hosts rugby league international - BC Bulldogs vs Utah Avalanche.
  • August
    CORE hosts RugbyMan and RugbyWoman competitions.
  • September
    UBC Okanagan introduces men's and women's XVs rugby.
  • December
    CORE hosts replay of December 3, 1912 game at City Park.


  • January 26
    Third AGM. Keynote speaker: Mark Wyatt.
  • May
    CORE hosts first round of BC Boys High School Championships


  • January 18
    Fourth AGM. Keynote speaker: Gary Dukelow.
  • July 17/18
    CORE supports first annual RugbyDAZE Sevens Tournament.
  • August 15
    CORE hosts '125 Years of BC Rugby Gala' at Grand Okanagan.
  • August 16
    CORE hosts Canadian Rugby Championship game - BC Bears vs Prairie Wolf Pack
  • September
    Touch Rugby 2020 Project launched - goal: 1,000 touch players by 2020.
  • September
    CORE Academy for sevens shifts to CORD Academy for XVs/sevens.
  • November 27
    Fifth AGM. Keynote speaker: Andrea Burk.


  • March
    CORE Endowment Fund reaches $100,000 benchmark. Fund will support $3,500 in annual rugby bursaries forever.
  • August
    CORE hosts Western Canada Rugby Championships for U16 Men, U18 Women, U18 Men, Senior Women U14 Men, and U15 Women.
  • November 28
    Sixth AGM. Keynote speaker: Al Charron.


  • June
    CORE assumes responsibility for PRC teams, led by Chris Haynes.
  • December 2
    Seventh AGM. Keynote speaker: Spence McTavish.
  • December 2
    New Constitution and Bylaws passed unanimously at 2016 AGM.


  • September
    CORD Academy triples enrolment to 47 athletes.
  • November 25
    Eighth AGM. Keynote speaker: Glenn Ennis.
  • November 25
    CORE Board expands to eight Directors, according to new Bylaws.
  • December 11
    CORE sets new five-year goal to focus on 14 - 20 year old player development.


  • June
    241 adults on 15 teams register for summer touch rugby league.
  • July
    17 Central Okanagan youth selected to provincial teams, the highest number ever.  CORE achieves goal of 15 or more locals selected to BC sides.
  • July
    Hosted U16 Western Canada Rugby Championships.
  • September
    UBC Okanagan introduces intramural touch rugby.