Brooks Composite High School is entering its third year of having boys and girls rugby seven aside teams.
Both teams are under the direction of teacher Adam Rajab.
“I’m involved in a lot of sports but it is one of the few that I actually enjoy. It’s a lot of fun and not a lot of people know about it so I wanted to boost it in that regard.”
Rajab has also included it as part of the physical education program.
While the program is still relatively new, both the boys and girls have an opportunity to compete in ASAA zone play with the top teams advancing to provincials.
This will be the first year for rugby seven teams having a chance to compete at the zone and provincial levels.
Because of this, the 2019 season will mean a lot more to teams. Rajab said the boys and girls just played exhibition games in their first year and went to exhibition games and a couple of tournaments in the second year of the program.
“We have had some really good showings for a young team with not a lot of experience.”
The teams are comprised of multi-sport athletes.
Interest in playing the sports has grown each year. There were between five and seven girls the first year while this year’s team has 10 players.
The boys had nine players in the first year and now have 18-19 athletes taking part.
While the boys and girls compete separately, the program is run together with teacher Braedon Cameron assisting in the coaching department.
Unfortunately, there is not a league close by in which both teams can compete.
But rugby seven is a growing sport that is gaining popularity, said Rajab.
“Having ASAA open up zones and provincials for the first time is pretty awesome and exciting.”
A zone tournament will take place May 22 in Calgary with games lasting 14 minutes.
Both teams started practicing at the tail end of the basketball season.
Rajab said both teams have a couple of exhibition games scheduled. The boys will also compete in two tournaments while the girls have one tournament they will attend. They are also on a waiting list to attend a second tournament.
Their first tournament will be May 4 in High River. The following weekend the boys will compete in the Clearwater Cup in Calgary.