Rugby in the Community

Youth Development | #RugbyRising

Inclusive by nature.

Since the Glendale Raptors founding over a decade ago, volunteering time to help others has played a central role. Mark Bullock, Director of Rugby for the Glendale Raptors, coordinates the Raptors in the Community outreach program. Every Glendale Raptor devotes a minimum of 10 hours each year to this outreach program. One of the team’s favorite is the longstanding relationship with Children’s Hospital where players from the men’s and women’s teams spend time with the kids each month.

The Glendale Raptors also hold numerous free rugby clinics, low-cost youth rugby programs designed to teach kids the rules of the game, basic skills and techniques to ensure everyone’s safety of which the players serve as coaches and mentors.

“The program’s success can be seen on and off the field.” Bullock stated “it’s exciting to see our players teaching kids the importance of giving and helping others.”

The Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy is developing outreach programs to bring a greater general awareness of rugby to a wider population. These opportunities will include teaching rugby basics at PE classes and after-school events throughout the region. Efforts like this will help bring rugby into the mainstream conversation, like football or basketball. The Raptors organization emphasizes access and affordability in its youth programs and rugby games.

Get rugby in your school!

This is a free community outreach program provided by the Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy.

Greetings teachers and administrators.

Are you looking to engage your students? How about introducing them to the newest Olympic sport!

“Rookie Rugby” is the latest product from USA Youth Rugby. This fast paced, fun and simple game introduces your students to Rugby in a non-contact educational format. As one of the fastest growing sports in America, rugby is a game that improves overall fitness through strength, flexibility, movement, endurance and more! Rugby also teaches kids how to work as a team, be a leader, communicate, and have fun!

Rookie Rugby is incredibly easy to learn and teach! The Glendale Raptors Rugby team is available to run PE classes through games and drills that will keep them moving, laughing and engaged for the whole period. Best part for schools, it’s FREE!

Benefits of Rugby.

Give more opportunities to your students by introducing a new sport!

  • Rugby is an international game played in over 100 countries by over 4 million people world wide.
  • Rugby is centered on camaraderie, pride, passion and honor.
  • There are both non-contact and contact versions of the game. Rugby is inclusive. Everyone can play no matter what size, shape or athletic ability.
  • Both men and women, boys and girls play by the same rules.
  • Rugby is a sport that involves: Cardiovascular Endurance, Strength, Agility, Speed and Power.
  • Rugby is a great cross-over sport, involving skills found in many other popular American sports.
  • Rugby 7s is a new Olympic sport that debuted in Rio de Janeiro!

  • Rugby satisfies the six National Standards for Physical Education set by the NASPE.
    • Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
    • Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
    • Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
    • Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
    • Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
    • Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

After-School Enrichment

Are you looking for an after-school enrichment program for your students? We are offering a course designed to introduce students to rugby in a nurturing atmosphere during an after-school environment.

  • K-5 – Elementary School
  • Length of Program: 5 weeks
  • Days of the Week: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Participant Fee: $100
  • Coaches: 4-6

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