Sabaragamuwa Stallions conduct 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 recently. 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 classroom session was conducted for the parents and students, followed by a field session for the students.

During the sessions, the students were taught the importance of sports and its positive impact in the long-term. 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 Sri Lanka.

Later he functioned as a national coach.

Speaking at the event, Waruna de Silva, Director Operations of the Sabaragamuwa Stallions, mentioned that the workshop was conducted in line with the next Carlton Sevens that is scheduled to be held in Galle.

This is the third such event organised by the Sabaragamuwa Stallions. A similar event was also held at S. Thomas’ College 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 Sevens 2012.

Subsequently, a workshop was organised, together with the Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna, at the Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna. Over 80 students from seven schools in the area participated in the 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.

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 Sabaragamuwa Stallions are managed by NSports; a national franchise of Sri Lanka’s elite rugby 7s competition, Carlton Rugby 7s. The franchise is owned by Nimal Perera, who is the Managing Director of Royal Ceramics, Chairman of Pan Asia Bank and Deputy Chairman of Vallibel One.

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