High Performance Program Update
October 21st, 2022
(WHITBY, ON) - Rugby Ontario would like to provide an update regarding our high performance program. The organization is going through significant change and is undertaking important steps for the future of the provincial and high performance programs. Rugby Ontario is pleased to be able to provide the following updates.
As a result of the significant staff changeover and the impending High Performance Committee process, Rugby Ontario has made the decision not to proceed with any fall tours for the Ontario Blues 15s programs in 2022. We recognize this may disappoint our players, parents coaches and program personnel engaged in this past summer’s programs; however, we did not make this decision lightly. The demand on the organization, timing and consideration of other factors impacting athlete selection / availability and staff capacity all played into this decision. We thank all those that participated in the Ontario Blues summer programs, including the athletes representing the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union teams, for your incredible commitment to the 2022 program.
Rugby Ontario will be continuing with the delivery of the Ontario Blues Development Academy (formerly RCDA) and Ontario Blues Junior Arrows Academy (OBJAA) programming, which is funded by the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) of the Ontario Government and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO). This programming is for targeted female and male athletes respectively, which runs from November-April.
- To initiate the athlete selection process, There will be three (3) athlete combines on Sunday, October 30th.
Athletes must register for the combine before attending. On site registration will not be offered.
In order to participate, players must be registered with a Rugby Ontario member club. Any players not registered with a club may do a two-week membership. To register with a club, click here.
West – Bison’s Alumni Field/Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
254 North Park St, Brantford, N3R 4L1
Central – Ontario Soccer Centre
7601 Martin Grove Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L 9E4
East – Twin Elm Rugby Park
4075 Twin Elm Rd, Richmond, ON, K0A 2Z0
9:00am - 1:00pm
Please arrive 30-45 minutes early to check in
- We are presently working to confirm facilities for both academies in the West and Central regions for 2022-2023. Our relationship with CSIO has provided us with continued access to facilities at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, ON, which has been the base for the Ontario Central Girls’ program and new home of the OBJAA. Rugby Ontario has recently become aware of potential rental opportunities at the legacy facility of Canada Summer Games 2022 in St. Catharines (Niagara Region). Canada Games Park is a world-class sport facility, which CSIO will be moving into in January 2023.
- We are working on confirming the facilities for Canada Games Park, once we have that information the full schedule will be released.
Provincial Winter Skills Program
This program, which has been delivered annually during out-of-season period from November-April, will be available starting in January 2023 running until the end of April. We will announce applications for the Winter Skills Program in the next few weeks.
We are presently assessing to see what the logistics of programming might look like, more details will be released in the next few weeks.
As for 2023 spring / summer programming, including 15s, we are currently reviewing the structure and are not able to release any specific details at this time. As more information becomes available, we will share with our Member Clubs, post on social media and our website.
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