What is Cause of Rugby (CoR)?
CoR is a start-up social enterprise focused on improving, developing and growing rugby culture in Nepal. We co-run campaigns with schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities, whose focus is to develop and aid the children and youth. Besides this, we also work closely with Nepal Rugby Association, Official Governing Body – to provide opportunities for upcoming players and clubs.
The vision and idea were born when the founders of Cause of Rugby simply reflected on: how rugby has developed each of them as a person; outside of running, catching and tackling within the white lines – rugby’s core values: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship – has shaped their personalities, habits and behaviours.
The current objective is to help build similar platforms in Nepal, where rugby is only beginning to make a presence and inevitably deliver rugby’s culture, values and the love for the game.
What are we trying to do in UK?
We promote getting into rugby through our #getinvolved campaign, where we run touch rugby sessions and fun activities. We believe that rugby creates bonds that can last for ever and we want to see this community grow. When this community grows, we can achieve successful events and gather more ideas to sustain our cause and find innovative approaches to achieve our goals. Part of our activity in the UK is also to raise funds for CoR. We run numerous campaigns to try and raise funds for ourselves but also encourage others to do the same – through sponsorships or crowdfunding or any other means. This is to help sustain our cause but most importantly deliver what we aim to achieve as a social enterprise.
What are we trying to do in Nepal?
Through our operation(s) in the UK, we want to be able to raise funds, incentives and innovative approaches to grow rugby in Nepal. We are working towards building a strong bridge – through rugby – by developing one of our major project(s): ‘Tour’. We envisage tour to have the potential to develop into larger scale i.e. ‘gap-year programme’, where rugby enthusiasts can go over to Nepal and teach rugby at a partner school/organisation and also enjoy everything Nepal has to offer. The remit of a gap-year programme ought to include opportunities such as experiences in: teaching English, volunteering with NGO’s, building schools etc. whilst keeping rugby at the heart of the six month – one-year long programme.
In the meantime, ‘Tour’ (approx 10 days) will allow individuals from the UK to go to Nepal on a philanthropic trip. Individuals will experience player-coaching and will be encouraged to practice their personal/professional rugby knowledge and expertise by transferring it onto grassroots and amateur rugby players in Nepal. Tour will be a structured time period with the aim of making an impact in: as many NGOs, schools, charities and other similar organisations as possible. Individuals on tour will also have the opportunity to take part in the CoR Cup (a Nepal-UK rugby tournament); and also explore the great Himalayan ranges, which we believe is what makes tour so unique.
What does success look like?
CoR aims to be a strong platform where rugby enthusiasts from the UK can benefit by sharing their knowledge in Nepal and in return: gain insightful experience of Nepalese culture and the beauty of the country. This collaboration will deliver insight to the sport for many Nepalese people to inevitably generate a bigger pool of rugby talent in the future. In effect, success will be when Nepal creates a strong presence at an international stage such as Asia Rugby and we believe the children and youths of today have the potential to achieve that – if we give them the responsibility and opportunities to do so. CoR would consider itself successful if any of the future rugby stars can trace their roots back to this cause or if anyone believes that the experience they gained has added value to their self-development, wellness or simply enjoyed being part of it.
Cause of Rugby aims to deliver opportunities and experience for children and youths in both Nepal and UK.