Falcons encourage Brazil to Try Rugby

Friday 26 September 2014 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons Community Development Officer Gavin Beasley was one of only two Premiership Rugby community representatives to head over to Brazil for their Try Rugby Brazil programme.

Run by Premiership Rugby in Partnership with the British Council and SESI in Brazil, Try Rugby aims to support the growth of rugby throughout Brazil.

Working with local partners SESI-FIEMG, FIESC and FIESP across the states of Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina and Sao Paulo, Premiership Rugby is working to develop local capacity to increase participation and also to initiate health, education and social change through the use of rugby’s culture and core values.

Gavin has travelled to the country alongside Caryl Thomas of Bath Rugby to take part in a week-long trip consisting of daily rugby coaching sessions and related activities with young people and community organisations throughout the area.

Melanie Magee, Newcastle Falcons Community Director said: “To be chosen out of all of the community coaches from across Premiership Rugby is a testament to how hard Gavin has worked on his own professional development and on his work as a coach.

“The trip is an amazing experience for him personally but also a great opportunity to develop rugby at such an auspicious time for the sport.”

The trip forms part of Premiership Rugby’s efforts to support Brazil in developing and raising the profile of rugby ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic games, the first in which rugby will feature.

Scott Watson, Premiership Rugby’s Brazil Project Manager: “This is a crucial time to develop a project like this, not only for those taking part in the sport, but also for general awareness and knowledge for the entire population.

“This innovative programme uses the strength of rugby and knowledge, infrastructure and expertise of each partner to deploy Premiership Rugby’s world-class coaching staff into Brazilian communities to engage with children and young people whilst promoting the growth of rugby union at the same time.”

The programme is Premiership Rugby’s second overseas project after 12 different Premiership Rugby Community Coaches visited New York in May 2012 to play a key role in the development and promotion of rugby in the USA.