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Sabaragamuwa Stallions conduct rugby workshop in Galle

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Following the success of the awareness programme conducted in Jaffna, the Sabaragamuwa Stallions took the initiative to organise a rugby workshop in Galle. The workshop was conducted at St. Aloysius College Galle with over 80 students participating across diverse age groups that also included the 1st 15 side of the school. A classroom session was conducted for the parents and students followed by a field session for the students. It aimed to create awareness of the sport while encouraging the younger students of the school to take to rugby.  The classroom sessions taught the students the importance of sports and its positive impact in the long term, while the field sessions focused on skills development. The sessions were conducted under the guidance of veteran coach Tony Amit with the assistance of Shantha Dharmarathne the junior rugby coach of Zahira College. 

Beginning his career in Rugby at Zahira College in Colombo, Tony Amit was the captain of the Zahira College team and CH & FC. Subsequently he played for the Sri Lanka National Rugby team and also functioned as the national coach for the Sri Lankan rugby team that won numerous international titles, including four cups; namely in Taiwan, Fiji Sevens, Cargill’s Sevens in Sri Lanka and Alain in Dubai. Further, he was also an Assessor Evaluator for IRB and world cup qualifying rounds and functioned as a Match Commissioner for the World Cup qualifying round. Tony is a qualified referee both locally and internationally and was the President of the Sri Lanka Referee’s Society and the Asian Referee’s Society. 

Speaking at the event, Waruna de Silva, Director Operations of the Sabaragamuwa Stallions mentioned that the workshop was conducted in line with the next Carlton Sevens that is scheduled to be held in Galle. As one of the founding franchises of the Carlton Super Seven’s, Sabaragamuwa Stallions embarked on this initiative which will foster Sri Lankan sports and enable school children to learn the spirit of fair-play, teamwork and togetherness.

This is the third of such events organised by the Sabaragamuwa Stallions. A similar event was also held at St Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia in June 2012, where the junior rugby players of the school got the opportunity to meet the four All Blacks players who represented the Sabaragamuwa Stallions at the Carlton Rugby Seven’s 2012. Subsequently, a workshop was organised together with the Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna at the Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna. Over 80 students from 7 schools in the area participated in this workshop that included both classroom and field sessions. Additionally, a workshop was also conducted for the coaches of the schools with the intent of raising the standard of rugby while improving their coaching skills.  The Sabaragamuwa Stallions are managed by NSports a national franchise of Sri Lanka’s elite rugby 7’s competition, Carlton Rugby 7’s. The franchise is owned by Nimal Perera who is the Managing Director of Royal Ceramics, Chairman of Pan Asia Bank and Deputy Chairman of Vallibel One.

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