Kampuchea Balopp, Phnom Penh-based youth development through sport organisation, has announced it is organising the weekend’s Cambodia 10’s Social Rugby Tournament with guest teams set to descend on the capital from around the region & Australia.
The event seeks to highlight the work being done in Cambodia with youth development through sport. Visiting teams are coming from Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore, and KB expects over than 300 people participating over the two days.
The event spans the weekend and will be hosted at the Northbridge International School. As a social rugby tournament, eight teams are set to participate in the Men’s competition, six teams in the Old Boy’s competition (open to players who are over 35 years old) and four teams in the Women’s competition. On the Saturday afternoon, there will be children’s coaching clinics led by Kampuchea Balopp Sport Educators.
The Men’s tournament will consist of pool games on the Saturday afternoon with the finals being held on the Sunday. The Old Boys will play their pool games and finals on the Saturday, and likewise the Women’s tournament.
The reigning champions from 2017 in the Men’s competition are Ho Chi Minh City’s Mighty Geckos while Singapore’s Yarrr! Will defend their Old Boy’s crown. Also defending their title for the Women are Cambodia’s own Sparkly Rahus.
The event will conclude with a barbecue at the field on Sunday afternoon. There is no entry fee for spectators and Blue Pumpkin will be providing catering at the ground.
KB works with over 900 disadvantaged and disabled children. Through 16 partner organisations it offers sports training to children and as well as the physical attributes and motor skills that the sports training builds, providing the children with nutritional information, social integration skills, values of mutual respect, team work, sportsmanship, a sense of responsibility, gender equality and confidence, among other important values.