The Jungle Crows are based in the Indian city of Kolkata, were founded in 2004 and have worked amongst disadvantaged young people for 5 years. At the end of 2009 the Jungle Crows launched Khelo Rugby – a focussed community sports programme aimed at disadvantaged and socially excluded children around the city.
Khelo Rugby takes tag rugby into the slums and community centres of the city where any sort of organised sport is absent. Tag rugby is a non-contact form of rugby that requires little equipment and can be played on the rough non-grass surfaces found around Kolkata.
Today we have five Khelo Rugby centres receiving regular coaching. The target is to have 10 fully organised centres by the end of 2010. Each would be its own child centred community sports location benefiting from organised coaching as a minimum at least once in a week. After each coaching session children eat fresh fruit and have a chance to talk in a supportive environment.
The Jungle Crows are looking to extend the Khelo Rugby concept to other cities, towns and villages in India – including to the home village of Sailen Tudu, a coach and player with the Jungle Crows currently studying at Hartpury College in the UK. In March 2010 Sailen Tudu will lead a tour to his home village from the UK with the intention of launching the first Khelo Rugby programme outside of Kolkata.
Rugby Uncle supports the Jungle Crows in their Khelo Rugby programme.
Through the Khelo Rugby programme the mental and physical development of children will be fostered. The participants will be encouraged in their development of skills needed for living in society. Khelo Rugby aims to foster its own sense of community where children can feel at ease to share ideas and problems. Each community will develop its own identity, very much led by the children with the coaches working as mentors.
The Government of India’s own statistics state that less than 6% of those under the age of 35 have access to any organised sport. Khelo Rugby will bring organised sport and the positive benefits of sport to youngsters aged 8 -13.
During 2010 the programme also aims to run at least 3 tournaments where the Khelo Rugby children from the various programmes can come together and play. This is intended to include a cross section of society in the tournament days to further break down barriers and create a bond of rugby across social divisions.
We have already recruited two assistant coaches drawn from the disadvantaged communities in which the programme operates. They are paid a small stipend and the Jungle Crows will work with them to continue their education while at the same time they help to deliver the Khelo Rugby programme.
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