ACCRA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Rugby Association (GRA) will hold a "Get Into Rugby" introductory coaches training at the Accra Sports Stadium beginning Tuesday.
"Get Into Rugby", which is a global International Rugby Board (IRB) driven initiative, will focus on the West part of Accra and then spread into the regions, Gifty Elspeth Annan-Myers, president of the GRA, said in press release received here on Friday.
The program is a central part of the IRB's initiative to grow the game as Rugby rejoins the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
The Confederation of African Rugby Regional Development Officer for the Northern zone will visit Ghana to deliver a two-day training session for the union representatives plus a one-day training for teachers from March 11-13 March.
The aim of the program is to encourage children to TRY-PLAY-STAY in Rugby, with a target of one million new players and 15,000 new coaches and referees globally over the coming years.
The program will promote the values of the game and ensure children are encouraged to Try Rugby in a safe and progressive way, said Annan-Myers, who is also an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Rugby.
In the last couple of months, the GRA has embraced two modified versions of the game of rugby, Tag Rugby Trust and Get Into Rugby.
These modified rugby forms have specially been designed to increase participation by making the game easy and enjoyable, and also increase the margin of safety by a significant much.
The first, Tag Rugby Trust, a charity initiative which was launched in the first week of February will be focused on the Eastern Part of Accra.