Rugby

In September 2003 it was decided to expand the existing boxing programme to include rugby, and a partnership was forged between the Police Rugby Club, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and the police and social services in Wong Tai Sin and Tin Sui Wai – towns with huge public housing estates and high levels of juvenile delinquency. This was a novel development in that none of the boys selected for the project had ever played rugby or even held a rugby ball before, but by September 2004 the boys were able to form an U16s team.

The Standard Chartered Bank has been the team’s main sponsors since 2005, by which time numbers had swollen to more than 40, and an U18s team was added. A significant milestone was reached in April 2004 when one of the boys toured to Sri Lanka with the Hong Kong U16 national team, and then in April 2007 the first Breakthrough boy was selected for the National U18 team. In 2006, Breakthrough rugby embarked on their first overseas tour to Singapore and since then the annual tours, sponsored by people from the local rugby community have become very much a part of the rugby section of Breakthrough.


New recruits are mainly recruited each year during a summer rugby course. We train every Wednesday evening at the Police Club in Boundary Street, even throughout the rugby off-season.

Since these early days we now run an U14, U16 and U19 boys team in the local colts’ league and have nearly a 100 registered players. We are also happy to see a lot of our boys who have left the scheme playing in the tertiary leagues and in some of the senior teams, including Police. In September 2011 it was particularly pleasing to see many of our ex-boys helping to form the new Tin Siu Wai Pandas club and they make up about half of that club’s committee.

In recent years we have had boys play for Valley and HK Scottish in the HK Premier Rugby league, HK U20s, and the showcase Sevens. We are also proud to say that three Breakthrough boys have joined the HKRFU as community rugby officers. Many others, having completed IRB coaching courses, are now not only helping with the Breakthrough coaching duties and running the teams on match days but also involved in coaching minis and colts teams elsewhere.

奮進欖球

 

 

 

2003年9月,奮進計劃由當時只有拳擊項目擴展至增加欖球,與警察欖球會及香港欖球總會結成夥伴,並與黃大仙及天水圍的警察部門及社會服務組織合作。這些地區均有大型公共屋邨,而青少年犯罪率亦甚高。欖球項目是一個嶄新的發展,因為參與計劃的男孩們甚至從未接觸過欖球。雖然如此,一班男孩在2004年9月卻成功組成了一支16歲以下(U16s)球隊。


渣打銀行自2005年開始,便是欖球隊的主要贊助商,在之後的數年間,隊員增加至超過40人。同時,亦加入了18歲以下(U18s)球隊。在2004年4月,我們邁進了一個重要的里程碑。球隊其中一名男孩隨同16歲以下香港國際隊(U16)到斯里蘭卡作賽,並在2007年4月首次有「奮進行動」的男孩獲選加入18 歲以下(U18)香港隊。2006年,在渣打銀行的支持下,「奮進行動」欖球隊首度衝出海外,到新坡加參賽。自此,每年由本地的欖球組織及渣打銀行贊助的巡迴比賽成為了「奮進行動」欖球隊的主要部份。

新隊員主要在每年的暑期欖球訓練班中招募。每逢星期三晚,即使期間沒有比賽,我們都會在界限街的警察體育遊樂會進行練習。

至今,我們分別組成了14歲以下(U14)、16歲以下(U16)及19歲以下(U19)男子隊參與本地青少年欖球聯賽,已有接近100名的註冊球員,我們很高興見到很多已經離開本計劃的男孩,成為第三聯賽及部份資深隊伍的一員出賽,其中包括警察欖球隊。2011年9月,我們見到很多曾參與奮進行動的男孩們成立了新天水圍欖球會,心情更是特別欣慰,而委員會當中約一半的委員都是由他們擔任。

在近幾年間,我們的一班青少年曾參加「Valley」香港第一組聯賽,香港20歲以下(U20)及七人欖球巡禮,我們為三位「奮進行動」的男孩能加入香港欖球總會成為社區欖球主任而感到自豪,另外他們已完成國際欖球協會的教練培訓課程,現在除了協助「奮進行動」負責教練的工作,帶領球隊在球季出戰外,他們也會在其他地方,指導一些短期訓練班和新手隊伍。

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