Mini-Rugby/Touch Rugby Registration Begins March 6

The City of Kelowna has released its Activity and Program Guide for Spring 2018. Parents of young touch rugby players can register their children beginning March 6 at 7:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to register right away to assure a space for your child in these popular programs.

You can register in a variety of ways. Online registration can be done here, beginning on March 6. Just type in the keyword 'rugby' into the search box and select either the Rugby Mini or Rugby Touch Sevens programs. You can also phone in your registration by dialling 250-469-8800 on or after March 6 at 7:30 AM. You can even register in-person at the Parkinson Rec Centre, located at 1800 Parkinson Way in Kelowna.

The Mini-Rugby program is for young athletes born 2011 - 2014 looking to enjoy 75 minutes of activities and minor games with a rugby ball in their hand. This very popular program has a capacity of 150 players and fills quickly each year. It operates from 10:00 AM to 11:15AM on the following seven Sundays - April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 27, June 3 and June 10.

The Rugby Touch Sevens program is for athletes born 2003 - 2010. Touch rugby is a fun, fast, fitness-oriented game that involves a lot of running, passing & catching, and team play. Three age-level programs will operate in 2018 for ages 8 - 10, 11/12, and 13 - 15. Each of the three programs has room for 50 athletes. The 8 - 10 and 11/12 programs operate on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. The 13 - 15 programs operate Sundays from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. All leagues run for seven Sundays - April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 27, June 3 and June 10.

Unfortunately, the City of Kelowna has required that the fees for these programs increase in 2018. This has been done to make the cost of the program comparable to other programs. The Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE) society that operates these programs are not pleased with this development. CORE will pay the total fees for any young player whose parents feel they cannot afford to participate in the program. Please email George Curran (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like financial assistance for either of these programs.

"Our programs have previously been described as 'the best deal in town' because we have sponsors that allow us to make the cost very affordable while providing a well-structured and highly active program for kids," said George Curran, program organizer. "We encourage parents affected by these price increases to contact CORE and we'll pay the cost of your child's registration."

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