Torin Brooks sidesteps the Westshore defence with teammates Taylor Atwood and Zachary Penhall following in support in a U8 match held last fall. 

Campbell River rugby sees surge in registration numbers

Perhaps is was the excitement of the return of Rugby to the Summer Olympics, increased television coverage of International Rugby, or the fact that rugby is a fairly easy sport to get into with the reasonable climate of Vancouver Island, but the Campbell River Athletic’s Minis and U14s are seeing some growth in their numbers.

“I think it’s all the above plus a number of other reasons,” says club president, Erin Young. “It’s very affordable and minimal equipment is required compared to other sports, most of our age groups practice and play at the same time and venue so it’s very family-friendly, and all players, girls and boys, are active team members with everyone getting the ball on the attack and everyone having equal responsibilities on defence. We have a dedicated coaching team in place to ensure a fun, inclusive, and safe environment to build skills and experience necessary for exciting and successful competition.”

Teams are in full swing of training, as they prepare to host other Vancouver Island clubs at the Campbell River Mini Rugby Jamboree at Willow Point Park on Sunday, Oct. 2. There are still approximately six roster openings at each of the U8, U10, U12 and U14 age classes, no prior experience necessary. U8 and U10 is flag rugby and U12 and U14 is tackle rugby. For more information, email or check out the Club Website at