Rugby is a relatively new sport in the country with its only team, the Yangon Dragons, having formed in 2013. The novelty factor has attracted participants and the fact that it’s new means there aren’t yet any social, class or gender tropes attached to it. The values promoted through rugby of: respect, passion, sportsmanship, discipline, integrity, camaraderie and teamwork are easily transferrable across myriad activities from daily life through to the world of work. This coupled with the physiological benefits of cardiovascular fitness and endurance, upper and lower body strength, agility, speed, hand eye coordination and communication skills makes rugby a valuable tool for the development of young people.
First developed at Rugby School in England in the 1800s, Rugby Football is now an international sport that enjoys huge popularity in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and America. Rugby is vaguely similar to American football in that it is a contact team sport with the goal of getting the football over an opponent’s goal line. Whether it’s played recreationally or competitively, Rugby is a great sport to stay healthy and fit. Here are some health benefits of playing the beautiful game:
Builds strength: Rugby is a great sport for increasing all over body strength. Tackling, rucking and mauling all require anaerobic fitness and a strong core.
Improves agility: Speed, agility and quickness are all improved by Rugby. Quick feet and hands are needed to evade opposing players and also to create space for your teammates to cross the gain line.
Cardio: Improves the body’s cardiovascular system by building a strong heart and lungs that are better able to deliver oxygen to muscles faster. The constant running and sprinting across the field can give you a really good cardio workout because of the increased heart rate and interval training.
Increased self-confidence: Rugby offers teenagers and young people increased confidence and self-respect, as the ultimate character-building sport. It fosters courage, fitness, team effort and togetherness, bringing together boys and girls from all backgrounds.
Increases in bone density: Regularly playing Rugby will increase your bone density because exercise imposes stress on the bones, thus stimulating the deposition of calcium along the line of stress. This can help to avoid developing osteoporosis in later life.
Builds discipline: Rugby requires a high degree of preparation, and through participation in structured training and playing a regular matches, Rugby can develop key mental skills of self control and discipline.
Resilience and Stress reduction: The release of endorphins while playing the game lifts your mood and can help a better night’s sleep. Through overcoming challenging situations during a game, players can build resilience to stress and are often able to better tackle problems off the field in their personal and professional lives.
Improves mental health: Like most team sports, Rugby gives players a sense of purpose and place within a group. The sense of camaraderie and friendship with teammates is a vital part of helping people move towards a more positive frame of mind.
Develops speed and endurance: Regularly playing and training for Rugby both increases your speed in running and will also build your endurance.
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What we do
Each week we coach hundreds of Myanmar children rugby skills and teachniques. In all of sessions we focus on fun and use rugby's core values as our underpinning philosophy. We also train Myanmar youth coaches to ensuring a long lasting stability within Myanmar.
Emergency Food Relief Myanmar
With the pandemic and coup taking its toll on the Myanmar people. Crossing the Gain Line took action by providing emergency food relief to the children and families in the areas we coach. Partnering with other local charities we have reached (on a monthly basis) over 1000 children in Yangon and the Shan State.
Here at Crossing the Gain Line we realize that touching young people lives through rugby obliges us to reinforce the core value of the game. This is why we also provide educational support in the form of English lessons, art, music, drama and more
CtGL partners with organisations and companies that provide vocational training to young people ages 17-23. Since we have been coaching rugby since 2016 some of the "children'' have grown up. Many of these children have had little or no formal education therefore, these vocational opportunities are a valuable step in their life journey.