Langley Rugby Club is the perfect environment for young families to thrive and meet new people – just ask Shannon Lucas-Batibasaga.
The Lucas-Batibasaga family has enjoyed Rugby programming offered at Langley Rugby Club for over six years. Daughters Asela and Rosa have excelled in the Club’s junior program, while sisters Torika, Kalara and Mina are loving Mini Rugby sessions (along with their two brothers). Oldest daughter Margaret graduated from Mini Rugby and now plays with her High School team. Dad Ben is even involved as a coach.
Shannon believes Rugby is a great way to meet new friends and keep active within the community – especially for young girls. Being involved with Langley Rugby Club has had a positive effect on their whole family.
“Langley Rugby Club provides many opportunities for children and youth to learn skills that will help them in school, as well as in their future careers,” said Shannon. “Rugby boosts self-esteem. It is an all-welcoming sport that everyone can try.”
Shannon added: “Rugby is safe and affordable. The whole family can come out and participate, especially for Club fundraisers. It’s a great way to meet new parents.”
Girls Can Rugby – Visit Langley Rugby Club on March 6!
Langley Rugby Club is hosting a Girls Can Rugby Day between 10:00am-12:00pm on Sunday, March 6 at Crush Crescent, as part of BC Rugby’s Girls Can Rugby province-wide initiative.
The free tryout welcomes girls aged 5-14 to try Rugby, and gives parents the opportunity to discover a friendly, family-oriented community within their local area.
“The empowerment of girls at our Club and within our community is important, as this is a challenging time for girls of that age,” said Langley Rugby Club Mini Rugby Coordinator Leah Corvec. “They are easily drawn away from sport at a time when they are most vulnerable and would benefit from the camaraderie and support of a team sport and the community of a Rugby Club.”
Rugby, Leah added, helps boost mental health and physical confidence by making participants feel included and empowered.
To ease any parental concerns, safety is the most important thing in Rugby. The sport is taught in a safe and inclusive environment to keep both players and parents happy.
“Rugby is a community and a family,” Leah added. “We will go out of our way to ensure that everyone who wants to play, can play. If that means financial support, home support or transportation, we will assist. Rugby is smaller than other community sports and personal attention is easier to receive, you are not just a number out there, you are a Club member.”
Langley RFC: A Bright Future After $250,000 Grant
The Club remains supportive off the pitch, too, and helps Members if they are seeking employment or moving home. Langley Rugby Club has over 200 female and male players, ranging from children aged 5 to senior players aged 40 and over.
“We have an amazing group of parents, players and volunteers that only want to see our girls happy and supported,” says Leah. “They love the sport and love seeing these girls play to the best of their ability. Not everyone out there is a superstar, but they are a team, and they couldn’t do it without each other. There is a place for everyone on that field, no matter who you are or your body type.”
Families can expect a bright future at Langley Rugby Club. The Club recently announced it will receive a $250,000 Capital Project Grant as part of BC’s Community Gaming Grant program and will use the funds to develop a second natural grass playing field by November 2023.
With the Township of Langley experiencing unprecedented growth, the addition of a second field at Langley Rugby Club will dramatically increase the Club’s ability to deliver child and youth programming – a core priority in recent years.
“I’m delighted that the LRC has been successful in our application for a Capital Project Grant,” said Brian Anderson, President of the Langley Rugby Club. “This grant comes at a pivotal time for our Club, sport and community. As our membership continues to grow, particularly in our youth programs, we knew that we needed to expand facilities to meet the needs of young athletes in Langley. I’d like to thank our many partners, the Province of BC, the Township of Langley, and all our volunteers who contribute countless hours to operate our programs.”
To learn more about Girls Can Rugby, visit our Girls Can Rugby page now.