Excitement is building as men’s and women’s Club teams take to the pitch from September 11 for the first time since the global pandemic stopped play.
It has been a difficult time for the Rugby community but several of our Clubs have used the time away to build their communities: none more so than the Axemen Rugby Club.
Axemen marks their return to the pitch this weekend by hosting a Festival of Rugby against Vancouver Rowing Club and Kats at Squamish’s Brennan Park. The day also includes the Club’s highly successful Community Touch Rugby program, open to all abilities and ages, which has proven to be a big hit.
In a productive off-time, the Club has also reintroduced its women’s team and seen a bumper turnout across men’s, women’s, and junior Rugby!
Three years ago, the Club rebranded and extended its reach from Squamish across BC’s Sea to Sky Highway. As a result, the Axemen enjoyed sizeable growth and now offers two men’s teams, a women’s team, an exploding youth section and important outreach programs to Squamish Nation through local schools. Axemen offer something for everyone whether you want serious Rugby, fitness-oriented social play or a welcoming family.
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Whether attracting newcomers or returning players, the Axemen’s purpose is clear: to create a deep culture of community and inclusivity.
Axemen’s Blake Mahovic told BC Rugby: “For a team that had one third division team two years ago – it’s blowing up. It’s heartwarming to see everyone coming back after COVID-19, and seeing the hard work our community, coaches and everyone has put in paying off.”
He added: “The pandemic has actually been a bit of an opportunity for us. We’ve been able to reach a bunch of people who might not have thought about playing Rugby before. We’ve seen a boost in our numbers, and we’ve got new initiatives. It’s been incredible to offer total Rugby in the true sense of the word. We can offer something to everyone.”