「我在國際欖球比賽上看到你!」」I saw you at the International Rugby Tournament!」

欖球帶來的改變
Rugby for ALL! Change for ALL!

第三屆親切「欖球全接觸」計劃剛於今年3月圓滿結束,與往年不一樣,今屆召募了小學生作為參加者,究竟年紀輕輕的同學能否在短短兩個月內學好欖球、認識不同能力和背景的參加者呢?
TREATS "Rugby for ALL!" project was successfully completed in March this year. Unlike previous years, we have recruited primary students from typical and special needs schools. At such a young age, can we expect the participants to learn about rugby and get along with their teammates with different abilities in 2 months?

「我在國際欖球比賽上看到你!」

 

中度智障的家明,平日主要會在寄宿學校活動,沒有語言能力的他亦難有機會在主流圈子認識新朋友。能夠參加今屆「欖球全接觸」讓他十分興奮,整個計劃中更表現認真,教練對他積極的表現大表讚賞,認為他有潛質繼續發展欖球。

 

後來,組長圓咕碌在一項國際欖球比賽中發現家明的身影,原來家明獲安排在其中一場主要賽事中擔任球僮,有機會與知名球員互動接觸,並以有特殊需要兒童的身分參與大型社區活動。圓咕碌說:「當我看見家明出現在球場上的大螢幕上,我簡直不能相信自己的眼睛,因為一個讓他接觸欖球的機會,能夠成為他的興趣,而他對欖球的熱情亦令他與社會及主流人士開始連繫,我亦覺得很感動呢!」雖然「欖球全接觸」計劃已經結束,但家明與欖球的故事卻是剛開始,我們期望他將來能以球員的身份在欖球比賽上大放異彩!

"I saw you at the International Rugby Tournament!"

Ka Ming, a boy with moderate intellectual challenges and no verbal ability, has been spending most of his time at a boarding school. As he rarely had the chance to meet new friends outside of his school, he treasured the opportunity to take part in the Rugby for ALL! project. He has been attentive and cheerful during the trainings. The coach has also praised his positive performance and believed that he had the potential to engage in more in-depth training of rugby.

Shortly after the project, team leader Circle met Ka Ming again at an International Rugby Tournament – she saw his image on the big TV screen at the sports court! It was later on found out that Ka Ming was recruited as a ball boy for the competition where he had the opportunity to interact with famous rugby players and participate in a well-acclaimed sports event as a special needs child. "When I saw Ka Ming appear on the big screen on the court, I couldn't believe my eyes, because a chance to let him touch the rugby can become his interest, and he is interested in rugby. Enthusiasm has also made him connect with the community and mainstream people. I feel very touched!" said Circle excitedly. Although Rugby for ALL! project has finished, for Ka Ming, the Journey to Rugby has just begun. We truly hope that he would work hard for his passion and participate in international competition as a professional player in the future!