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Beyond Rugby Gives Back To Bermuda

As part of Beyond Rugby's program to help young people develop character and succeed in school, the under-17 rugby team aided Parks workers and the Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail to repair the trail near Francis Patton School.

This week the volunteers worked with Richard Gaglio of Hinson Hall Stables and Claudette Baisden of the parks department to implement a new technique to reduce the erosion on the trail. Beyond Rugby was humbled to join in the trail's restoration.

"Beyond Rugby Bermuda doesn't just build rugby players, our goal is to build great young men and women," commented John Layfield, founder of Beyond Rugby. "Rugby is our sport, but kids are our focus and that involves much more then sport."

The Beyond Rugby program looks to develop their players by developing them both on and off the rugby field. By engaging in purposeful community initiatives the rugby teams embody the core values upon which the program is based.

Chairman of Bermuda Rugby Football Union, Gareth Nokes told URugby that "these outreach programs ensure participants understand the work involved in maintaining and developing the islands infrastructure which, in turn, instills a sense of respect for future generations to come. Our aim is not simply producing excellent rugby players but, more importantly, fine young men who will be role models and future leaders."

This restoration event is part of a project to improve and maintain the 19 miles of the railway trail, which is host to hikers and bikers alike. 

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Beyond Rugby Bermuda

Beyond Rugby is a collaboration between the Bermuda Rugby Football Union and Family Centre of Bermuda. The program helps young people develop character and succeed in school while having fun and staying fit. The group offers a full rugby program, a meal, and transportation home after practice, along with personal social support and case management for youth. Beyond Rugby achieves great results due to the partnership and resources that support young people. The Family Centre organizes support for young people and families. The Bermuda Rugby Football Union organizes the training and games.

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Supporting Future Rugby Players

The USA Islanders are to face off against the Saracens as a charity event in Bermuda. The USA Islanders are a newly formed team of players from US-based Pacific islands; including Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, and American Samoa; with former USA star Vaha Esikia as coach. The match is highly anticipated as they will be up against London's top professional club, the Saracens.

The rugby exhibition match, scheduled for August 10, and will raise money for Beyond Rugby Bermuda.

Read more about the upcoming match »

Bermuda Railway Trail