As part of a partnership around the NYC Rugby Cup and the launch of the Play Rugby USA Academy, we are extremely excited to announce that Premiership Rugby is coming to New York at the end of May to visit programs around the city and travel with us to the USA Sevens CRC's in Philadelphia! This "Premiership Rugby Roadshow" represents the first exciting offering of our PRUSA Academy, an elite player development program established by PRUSA to retain and develop its highest performing athletes, along with other aspiring rugby players from around New York City.
12 coaches, one from each of the Premiership Rugby clubs, will be traveling to New York along with four members of Premiership Rugby's Community Team. They will be here from May 28th to June 2nd, one week before the 5th Annual NYC Rugby Cup. As part of the partnership, the theme of this year's NYC Rugby Cup is Premiership Rugby. Each of the 72 teams participating in the one day tournament will adopt a Premiership Club to represent. They will also research and create a banner celebrating that club and city's culture and history.
The Premiership Rugby Roadshow involves site visits to nearly 20 of PRUSA's urban school partners in a three day period. While on these visits the core values of rugby will be used by coaches from Premiership Rugby and Play Rugby USA in their work with the players to help improve player cohesion and confidence on and off the field.
The schedule for the week is:
5/29- the Premiership Rugby coaches will take in a Mets game
5/30- PRUSA and Premiership staff attend West Side High School's (West Side) end of season award dinner. West Side is the location for Play Rugby USA's innovative "Sports Leadership Academy" in Harlem which has offered over 20 activities throughout the year that have led to excellent graduation rates among participants.
5/31- Premiership Rugby coaches and Play Rugby USA YDM's will participate in the British Consulate's GREAT British Race, running a rugby skills challenge in Central Park and offering photo opportunities with the Aviva Premiership Championship Trophy.
6/1- Play Rugby USA will be running the Public School Athletics League's High School Varsity Rugby 7s Championships on Randall's Island Fields 74 and 75. Many of the teams the Premiership Rugby community coaches will visit during the week will be competing in the third annual championship, giving the coaches the opportunity to coach and support the teams they trained with.
6/2- Premiership Rugby will be running a series of coaching clinics in the fan's village at the 2012 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, where the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy will also be on display.
For more information on the Roadshow and Academy, including sign up details for a PRUSA Summer Masterclass open to area players, click here.
If you are interested in partnering with us on presenting the Premiership Rugby Roadshow, click here for more details.