Rugby in SVG
The SVG Rugby Union was founded in 1998 by a small number of rugby enthusiasts who were determined to grow the game. In 2003 the Union affiliated with World Rugby to become a full member. The teams Regional Body is Rugby America North (RAN).
After an initial growth spurt, the Union struggled to find dedicated members to sustain the Executive and grow the Union further. All positions within the Union are voluntary which makes sustainability difficult. Since the implementation of a new Executive in 2012 and the successful application for a WR development grant, rugby has been slowly growing in St. Vincent, with increases in numbers of active players, the formation of a U19 team, as well as the formation of multiple club teams. Although the Union used to have a successful female team, we have had to start again with recruitment with female only training just been implemented.
We welcome rugby volunteers whatever your playing or coaching background, be assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children and rugby coaching projects you work on. We base our tours and placements around your experience and what you wish to gain from your time with us. Whether this be working to develop the national side with more elite training or working on our community and schools projects where the emphasis is more on fun and participation.
As a volunteer rugby coach you will be expected to help organise and run training sessions and rugby matches.
The aim of the programme is to encourage players of all ages to Try, Play and Stay in Rugby. GIR promotes the core values of rugby; integrity, respect, solidarity, passion, and discipline, and ensure children are encouraged to try Rugby in a safe and progressive environment. In each of these stages, there are a series of modules which are designed to take a player with no experience of Rugby progressively from an introductory level to being a player who can enjoy all forms of the Game.
Some of our tours will also give you the chance to help the National teams plan and train for upcoming tournaments, and you may even be able to travel with them. In the past this has included coaches going over to Barbados and Martinique. You may also have the opportunity to play rugby during your placement.
Transport to and from training sessions
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Airport pickup (subject to start date)
Flights, insurance, additional food and drink, additional travel
Our projects in St Vincent run throughout the year. Please contact us with your prefered 2018 dates.
Presently, SVG Rugby has four Clubs; three on mainland, and one in Canouan (one of the Grenadine Islands). The clubs consist of Town ‘Sharks’, Country ‘Pirates’, Leeward ‘Invaders’ and Canouan ‘All Blacks’. With supporters based on other Grenadine islands, such as Mustique and Bequia, we are looking to do a series of 7s showcases to encourage more involvement from rugby enthusiasts.
The Union focuses on a 15-a-side league from January to June and a 7-a-side league from June to December. This is mainly due to competition fixtures. The regional 7s tournament being in November/December and the 15s tournament usually running from January. 7-a-side rugby is more feasible in SVG due to limited numbers and high travel expenses but we still participate in 15s.
It is an exciting time to be involved in rugby in SVG as 2016 is one of the most successful years thus far with the organisation continuing to grow the game and gain media attention. As well as hosting a rugby world cup qualifier against Jamaica which was refereed by Nigel Owens.