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24 September 2010 | PR 10/141

Loughborough University gives Guyana rugby sevens team a BOOST


Guyana are the current men’s and women’s North America Caribbean Rugby Association sevens champions

The Guyana men’s rugby sevens team arrives at Loughborough University today (Friday 24th September) to prepare for the Commonwealth Games, all thanks to a ground breaking coaching scheme.

The highlight of the five day training camp will be a rugby sevens tournament on Sunday 26th September, that sees the Guyana squad take on three teams from the Loughborough Students Rugby Club.

The visit by Guyana is all down to the work of the BOOST Programme which provides a comprehensive rugby coaching and refereeing development programme for Loughborough students.

A key highlight for the programme is the West Indies Coaching Exchange which fosters the exchange of ideas between the BOOST coaches and a number of emerging rugby playing Caribbean countries, including Guyana.

The BOOST coaches travel to the West Indies during the summer for five weeks to provide coaching, ranging from young people learning the game up to training sessions for international squads.

Coaches from the West Indies then make the return trip, spending five weeks at Loughborough during February and March to further develop their coaching skills and knowledge of the game.

It is a unique sporting and cultural exchange, supported by the International Rugby Board and the North America and West Indies Rugby Union Association.

BOOST has been working in partnership with Guyana for five years, and the quality of their rugby has come on leaps and bounds. This year Guyana won the Central American and Caribbean Games Rugby Sevens Tournament and also the Caribbean Championships for the fifth year in succession.

This progression has seen the men’s team qualify for the first time for the Commonwealth Games, being held in Delhi from October 3-14, where they will face Scotland, Canada and New Zealand.

Dave Morris, Head Coach of Loughborough Students Rugby Club and Founder of the BOOST Programme, said:

“The West Indies coaching and cultural exchange has been a major success for both parties. The personal development it gives our students is exceptional. They return from the exchange with a greater maturity and perspective. It inspires them to be real leaders on the BOOST Programme when they return.

“The Guyana Rugby Football Union is a small one but well organised who have been perfect hosts for our students. The coaches who have come over have been great ambassadors for their country and have really enriched the lives of those around them at Loughborough. We are extremely proud of Guyana’s achievement of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games and hope that our programme has played a part in their continued success.”

Kit Nascimento, President and Team Manager of the Guyana Rugby Football Union said:

“I very much look forward to the team concluding it's preparation for the Commonwealth Games with the support of Loughborough University and the BOOST Programme.  The tournament organised by the University will give the team the high level competition it needs before the Games.  I express my gratitude for the arrangements put in place by Loughborough University to make this possible.”

The BOOST Programme was created in 2005 with the aim of Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent (BOOST). The activities of BOOST are designed to champion disabled and disadvantaged people, and those whose talent has been overlooked, and to inspire them to overcome their challenges. Funding for the BOOST Programme enables the development of 50 Loughborough students to provide 15,000 sessions of participation for young people every year.


For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.   More details about the BOOST Coach Academy and the West Indies Coaching Exchange can be found at: http://www.boostcoachacademy.co.uk/index.htm

2.  Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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