A school in Hong Kong has introduced a School of Rugby based on Scottish Rugby’s CashBack for Communities initiative.
Pupils in form one and two at Confucius Hall Secondary School, which sits just under the iconic Hong Kong Stadium, home of the Hong Kong 7s, will be given the chance to take part in rugby sessions on a daily basis.
The Hong Kong Rugby Union were keen to set-up the programme having heard positive feedback about the Scottish programme, which is running in 28 high schools throughout Scotland.
In Scotland, pupils involved in the initiative have shown greater levels of educational attainment, discipline, confidence, fitness and pride, life-skills that are invaluable, both on and off the pitch and away from rugby.
Thanks to the generous support of Scottish Rugby, Hong Kong has been able to replicate the concept and the 50 youngsters from Confucius Hall who have signed-up have an exciting year ahead; the programme incorporates classroom-based lessons on values and ethics, an introduction to rugby through PE lessons, and an extra-curricular rugby activity that will include elements of the Union's successful Rugby English Action Learning scheme as well as Don't Drop the Ball in association with the local Police.
There will also be trips to experience the magic of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and the HSBC Asian 5 Nations, as well as the occasional rugby star popping in to visit!
The benefits of the Schools of Rugby initiative will also be measured thanks to a pioneering link-up between Edinburgh Napier University, Baptist University and HKRFU.