Rugby workshop in Galle
Following the success of the awareness programme conducted in Jaffna,
the Sabaragamuwa Stallions took the initiative to organise a rugby
workshop in Galle this weekend. The workshop was conducted at St.
Aloysius Collage Galle with over 80 students participating across
diverse age groups that also included the 1st 15 side of the school. A
class room session was conducted for the parents and students followed
by a field session for the students. It aimed to create awareness of the
sport while encouraging take-up among the younger students of the
school. It also aimed to create awareness among parents, thereby
encouraging them to support the sport and its take-up.
Junior ruggerites who participated in the workshop along with
the Director Operation – Waruna de Silva, Coach - Tony Amit,
Assistant Coach - Shantha Dharmarathne and Assistant Principal
of St. Aloysius Collage Galle, Sarath Ranaweera.
The sessions conducted comprised of a class room session that taught
the students the importance of sports and its positive impact on a
student in the long-term, while the field sessions focused on skills
development. The sessions were conducted under the guidance of veteran
coach Tony Amit with the assistance of Shantha Dharmarathne the junior
rugby coach of Zahira College.
Beginning his career in Rugby at Zahira College in Colombo, Tony Amit
was the Captain of the Zahira College team and CH & FC. Subsequently he
played for the Sri Lanka National Rugby team in and also functioned as
the National coach for the Sri Lankan rugby team that won numerous
international titles, including four cups; namely in Taiwan, Fiji
Sevens, Cargills Sevens in Sri Lanka and Alain in Dubai. Further, he was
also an Assessor Evaluator for IRB and world cup qualifying
A field session that was conducted at St. Aloysius Collage Galle
under the guidance of veteran coach Tony Amit with the
assistance of Shantha Dharmarathne.
functioned as a Match Commissioner for the World Cup qualifying round.
Tony is a qualified referee both locally and internationally and was the
President of the Sri Lanka Referees Society and the Asian Referees
Speaking at the event, Waruna de Silva, Director Operations of the
Sabaragamuwa Stallions mentioned that workshop was conducted in line
with the next Carlton Sevens that is scheduled to be held in Galle.
He stated that, "together with the Assistant Principal of St.
Aloysius Collage Galle, Sarath Ranaweera, the Sabaragamuwa Stallions
felt that a programme of this nature will give students an opportunity
to understand the benefits of sports and how it adds value and enrich
their lives, while also encouraging more students to take up rugby at
This is the third such event organised by the Sabaragamuwa Stallions.
A similar event was also held at S Thomas' Collage Mt. Lavinia in June
2012, 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 Seven's 2012. Subsequently, a workshop
was organised together with the Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna at
the Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna. Over 80 students from 7 schools in the
area participated in this workshop that included both classroom and
field sessions. Additionally, a workshop was also conducted for the
coaches of the schools with the intent of raising the standard of rugby
while improving their coaching skills.