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Flag Rugby Explodes in Florida

Friday Oct 17, 2008 in Grassroots Rugby Youth

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HTML clipboard October 17, 2008 - Flag rugby is growing fast in Florida. Following on the area's growth in U19 rugby, the Florida youth rugby supporters are now using rugby to join The Battle Against Obesity.

Last year Governor Charlie Crist conducted visits of schools throughout the state; his focus was on the health of the students. He concluded that a majority of students where overweight and that the current modules for Physical Education had no cardiovascular content. He challenged the PE directors of the various counties to find alternatives to the existing modules.

Mark Van Trees and Dave McFadden jumped on the opportunity last Spring and got a number of schools taking up the program.

Led by Martin Gardner, the FRU in conjunction with Florida Flag Rugby sponsored a booth at the PE director’s conference in Orlando on October 2-4. We had a live demonstration thanks to FSU, and handed out CD’s with the complete program, curriculum, class planning and grading guides.

The response at the conference was tremendous. Over ninety schools expressed an interest in the programand provided us e -mail and school details. In the week following the conference over 30 schools have requested demonstrations at their schools, another 25 have indicated they will implement program later this year. The Marine Corps has stepped up and donated all the balls for the program state wide, so the cost to the school is zero.

Now, of course, the program needs volunteers to help teach the sport around the state.

Email martin@ftlrugby.com or
floridaflagrugby@mindspring.com if you want to help.

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