NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
A former England rugby World Cup winner
on Wednesday launched a rugby academy in Nairobi to
promote early rugby talent development in the country.
Leonard, who won the rugby World Cup in 2003 with
England, and who is also the President of the Rugby
Football Union (RFU), said the Kings Rugby Development
Academy program will explore ways of connecting with
other rugby clubs in Britain to promote early rugby
talent development in Kenya.
will also use the game to transform children from under
resourced communities. For charity work to make change
happen, one must get directly involved in it,” Leonard
said during the event in Nairobi.
Development Academy (KRDA) is a registered charity in
Kenya that was founded in May 2016 with the principal
objective of providing children between five years and
16 years from resource poor communities and
disadvantaged background with opportunities to access,
train and participate in the game of rugby, through
is facilitated by 15 International Rugby Board (IRB)
World Rugby certified coaches and facilitators drawn
from various leading clubs in Nairobi.
of the program, Stuart McGreevy, said their vision is to
have 10 kings rugby development academies with 2,500
children being given a track out of extreme poverty
through sport and education and support early rugby
talent development in Kenya, through the assistance of
the UK’s Rugby fraternity.
beneficiaries are identified through partners, including
the Lunch Bowl Network, who have over ten years’
experience in providing solutions to the plight of the
orphaned and vulnerable children living in the Kibera
slums of Nairobi.
currently has 235 children from Kibera comprising of 175
boys and 60 girls.
has helped the children from extreme poor communities to
learn essential social and life skills during which they
have become visible and tracks of development created.
said the goal is to help the children walk out of their
adverse and harsh conditions.
World Cup winner, who made his international debut aged
21, has had a legendary rugby career as a prop where he
appeared for England 114 times is the most-capped
England player to date.
appointed President of the RFU in 2015 and hosted the
Rugby World Cup in England in the same year, making him
the first player from the professional era to become
President of the Rugby Football Union.