Marginalised rugby players to compete in Ireland

Young female rugby players from Việt Nam, Laos and the Philippines will compete against the girls’ team from Belfast at the ChildFund Pass It Back Cup 2017.

The game will be played at the Belfast Harlequins RFC on August 21, a day before the Women’s Rugby World Cup semifinal.

ChildFund Pass It Back delivers an integrated rugby and life-skills curriculum for marginalized children and youth from Vietnam, Laos and Philippines. © ChildFund Vietnam

Six Vietnamese players departed from Hà Nội for Belfast yesterday. They will be there for seven days and participate in a range of activities, such as training with Ireland’s rugby clubs (Cooke Women’s Rugby and Ulster Rugby), meeting with Bill Pulver, sightseeing and picnicking.

“ChildFund Pass It Back was established to help young people who face significant poverty and have few, if any, opportunities to get involved in organised sport. For young girls, the obstacles are even greater,” Chris Mastaglio, director of ChildFund Pass It Back, said.

“This is a programme which prioritises gender equity and the inclusion of girls, so we decided to hold this event in the lead-up to the Women’s Rugby Cup Final to highlight how women and girls’ rugby is developing across the world.

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