Sponsored by Westpac, the tournament will see Phuket Lomas join teams from from Ta’Moko Lions RFC (Singapore) and Operation Breakthrough (Hong Kong) take part in an Under-17s, 15-a-side rugby tournament at Centaurs Sports Park, Turf City on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 60 players are taking part.
Hosted by Community Outreach Rugby Development (CORD) and organised by Centaurs Events, the tournament aims to highlight the plight of at risk children and how – through their involvement in rugby – their lives have changed for the better.
The tournament organisers say the sport helps players learn life skills including respect, discipline, solidarity, team work and passion, which they use off the field in daily life.
Inspired by the Tri-Nations series between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, CORD Director and Ta’Moko Lions RFC Head Coach, Daniel Khor reached out to Phuket Lomas and Operation Breakthrough.
“This is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about other organisations similar to CORD and make friends with kids from other countries who have shared the same struggles.”
Like CORD, both Phuket Lomas and Operation Breakthrough were established to combat the growing numbers of children breaking the law, committing truancy, academically poor or affected by tragedy.
Pat Cotter, Director, Phuket Lomas says the tournament will be a great experience for his team and will highlight the influence rugby and sports has on children.
“After the Tsunami of 2004 it became even more important for rugby to have a greater role in supporting and helping children affected by that tragedy.
“Hence the Phuket Lomas Youth rugby development programme was formed for local Thai children both affected by the Tsunami and from under-privileged backgrounds”.