The World Rugby has announced five organisations selected to join its Spirit of Rugby programme for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The five organisations will use rugby for societal development, be it on a local or international scale, with activities in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
The World Rugby Media Department said in a statement that the organisations are Khelo Rugby, Rio Rugby FC, SOS Kit Aid, Terres en MA�lees and Trust Rugby International.
It said the work of the Spirit of Rugby partners was closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by using rugby to tackle key issues.
It said the issues are health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and partnerships for the attainment of the SDGs among others.
The statement, however, quoted Bill Beaumont, the World Rugby Chairman as saying that “Volunteering is the lifeblood of rugby, particularly at community level.
“Supporting and nurturing the dreams of millions of children to become future Rugby World Cup winners or Olympians.
“Yet for so many, the chance just to have fun playing rugby, get active and take part in sport is something that cannot be taken for granted.
“In several nations, conflict, famine, environmental and cultural factors can often appear insurmountable obstacles which prevent children from having a childhood,” it said.
He said that as the global sporting family marks the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, it was heartening to see that there were so many committed rugby people out there.
“By channelling rugby’s character-building values such as passion, respect and solidarity, they are delivering critical and excellent work in often challenging circumstances.
“In announcing the five Spirit of Rugby partners, I congratulate and thank them for the role they have played to improve society through rugby.
“Through their involvement with World Rugby and its Spirit of Rugby programme, these organisations will receive support including profile-raising opportunities.
“Financial assistance to maximise the impact of their work in a sustainable fashion and encourage others to develop similar initiatives using rugby as a tool for development and peace,” it said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria