20 November 2017 – Get Into Rugby is heading to the last part of 2017. GIR from World Rugby is an initiative to develop and spread rugby among students starting from the tender age of 5 until 17 years old.
It was all started back in 2017 as the Malaysia Rugby Union started to use the Get Into Rugby module as the development program at try, play and stay level. With the grant 5000 pound from the World Rugby, they target Malaysia to reach 8000 pupils. The Malaysia Rugby Union showed great commitment and the graft showed increment each year, they increased the grant to 20 000 pounds per year where 50% of that need to be used to buy rugby equipment.
In 2017, Malaysia Rugby Union has organized the program for more than 27 000 pupils nationwide. That is 2000 more than the initial target. It was a great achievement that leads to Asia Rugby acknowledgment for Malaysia as one of the Elite nation in rugby development.
Get Into Rugby is a program which used both national as well as the ex-national players as the mentor. Lead by Vice President of Malaysia Rugby Union, Mr. Raimi Mohd Yusof as the Get Into Rugby Director, it is a big success to schools across the nation. Raimi shared “Teachers and mentor such as Farid Rahman, Yusli Ramli, Syed Shazril, Mazuri Salehudin, Irwan Abdol, Mohd Romli Saad and much more are playing a vital role that leads to the success of the program. The sacrifice a lot and show great dedication toward the program.”
As for this year, Get Into Rugby moved into another level by appointing King George V as the hub for the program. The agreement between KGV and GIR will lead to 4 tournaments which will be held to create a platform for any team under the GIR program. This will help to expand the program to the grass root level. This great idea is from Mr. Mohd Zain Haji Ismail, a visionary in expanding the sport.
Get Into Rugby latest program was in Kedah few week back. The four days road tour was organized as they received request from the Kedah Rugby Union. 28 schools took part with 23 teachers as well as 800 pupils from all over Kedah took part in the introduction program.
Get Into Rugby team is in Kuching, Sarawak for this week as they are having the program from 20 – 21 November 2017.
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Photos by Get Into Rugby Malaysia.