MASTERS RUGBY

2022 Masters Rugby Re-Launch

Introduction:

It’s a well documented fact that Mental Wellness amongst the community has become a hot topic over the past few years and the current global coronavirus pandemic has just added to life’s pressures and raised the profile of this topic to another level.  Rugby plays a critical role in keeping members of our community connected to each other and with the opposite of addiction being connection,  it makes sense then to ensure that as many of our community have access to remain connected with whanau, friends and colleagues with rugby being the vehicle to do so.


A few years ago the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union introduced a “Masters Grade” at it’s annual Baywide Club Sevens tournament with the purpose being to bring back players that had since stopped playing serious rugby and reintroduce them back to their former clubs.  The commitment of playing in one sevens tournament suited these busy people and was a huge success.


We also know that with the added pressures of everyday life now at an all time high, our club network,  which relies on the strength of it’s volunteer network to operate, are under extreme pressure to retain it’s members beyond their playing years to become the coaches, team managers, committee members, grounds people and bar staff to ensure the backbone of our communities, the clubs; remain viable options for communities to congregate at and connect with each other.