Rugby workshop conducted in Jaffna
The Sabaragamuwa Stallions together with the Security Forces
Headquarters – Jaffna organised a rugby workshop recently at the
Duraiappa Stadium Jaffna. Over 80 students from seven schools; including
Manipay College, Central College Jaffna, St. Patrick’s College, St.
Anthony’s College Jaffna, St. John’s College Jaffna, Chavakachcheri
Hindu College and St. Joseph’s College Jaffna participated in this
Additionally, a workshop was also conducted for the coaches of these
schools with the intent of raising the standard of rugby while improving
their coaching skills.
The sessions conducted comprised of both class room sessions that
addressed the technical aspects of rugby while the field sessions
focused on skills development.
The sessions were conducted under the guidance of former national
coach Tony Amit with the assistance of Shantha Dharmaratne the junior
rugby coach of Zahira College.
Speaking at the event in Jaffna, Waruna de Silva, Director Operations
of the Sabaragamuwa Stallions mentioned that workshop was conducted on
the request of Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe of the Security
Forces Headquarters in Jaffna.
He mentioned that together, they felt that a unique programme of this
nature will give students an opportunity to understand the benefits of
sports and how it adds value and enriches a student’s life. Under the
guidance of Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the event was organised
with the assistance of the Commanding Officer 23rd Gajaba Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Aruna Wijekoon.
This is the second such event organised by the Sabaragamuwa Stallions
this year. A similar event was also held at S. Thomas’ College Mt.
Lavinia in June this year, where the junior rugby players of the school
got the opportunity to meet the four All Blacks players who represented
the Sabaragamuwa Stallions at the Carlton Rugby Sevens.
As one of the founding franchises of the Carlton Super Sevens,
Sabaragamuwa Stallions embarked on this initiative that will foster Sri
Lankan sports and enable School children to learn the spirit of
fair-play, team work and togetherness.
The Carlton Super Sevens Rugby tournament is a national level
endeavour that has been carried out since 2011 by ‘Tharunyata Hetak’,
under the patronage of Member of Parliament, Namal Rajapaksa.
This workshop is also in line with the vision of ‘Tharunyata Hetak’
for the general progress of humanity and its aspiration to create a
common national identity and embrace the best global integration that
can be offered.
Sabaragamuwa Stallions is managed by NSports; a national franchise of
Sri Lanka’s elite rugby sevens.