We saw in 2012 with more than 200 children playing rugby on the Maidan on the morning of 1.1.2012 and we’re working to make this our best year yet…….this is the 8th year of the Jungle Crows and the 140th year of rugby in India……
Two Jungle Crows have appeared in the news this last week – Zaffar and Tudu. Zaffar returned from Afghanistan on 24 December where he had spent 2 weeks coaching and organising the first ever Kabul 7s. Zaffar is now the Coach of the Afghanistan Rugby team and was this week featured in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Students Union Newspaper.
Tudu was part of the January Sports Illustrated India cover story “50 Stories of Hope That Show India Matters”, please see the attached scan of the article.
Our Khelo Rugby programme is growing from strength to strength. We now take rugby into 8 slum communities in Kolkata and 8 communities in Chennai with our team of community coaches. We have Khelo programmes in 3 schools in West Bengal’s Junglemahal and we are filling the Jharkhand town of Dumka with rugby. Next week we begin training in 8 schools in Jamshedpur and will hold the first rugby festival there in February. We have also partnered with the Irish NGO Goal to take rugby into the communities they support in the city dumps of Kolkata. The RAF Spitfires 7s now play with a Khelo logo on their shirts and we are working on more locations and partnerships for 2012.
Our Girls were runners up in both the National Senior 7s in 2011 and the National U16s and we are determined to improve this in 2012. We also want to get many more girls playing rugby and keep working to make Kolkata the leading centre for the game in India.
The Crows Academy has been formalised for 2012 with the main training session to take place on a Saturday morning. We have been approached by a couple of companies wanting to be associated with the Academy and we would hope to be able to announce a partner early on in 2012. As always much of our work is held back by the lack of funding opportunities for non-cricket or football and we continue to work hard to break down these barriers!
The Maidan Hazards will travel to Bhubaneswar on 22 January to play in the years first major tournament the Callaghan Cup – India’s Division 2 15-a-side tournament. The boys have been training hard over Xmas and we’re sure they will have success on the fields of Odisha!
Our 6th Corporate Touch Rugby will be held on 18 February on the Maidan – please be in touch if you would like to take part!
Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors in 2011 – both corporates and individuals – and we look forward to continuing to work together in 2012 to grow rugby and give youngsters across the country the chance to play and be part of our community!