Jumpstart Project: Youth-Engage 2023

February 10, 2023


Jumpstart Project Update: Youth-Engage 2023

February 10th, 2023

(WHITBY, ON) - As part of the Build Belonging and Support the Club Community Pillars of our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, Rugby Ontario (RO) is looking to develop and implement strategies aimed at eliminating barriers to player and non-player participation and retention and to enable opportunities for players to remain lifelong members through rugby involvement. Youth-Engage is specifically looking to support youth in the rugby community to navigate entry into roles as coaches and match officials (MO). 

Youth-Engage will provide support and clarity for pathways to non-player roles. We are looking for young people to join a 2023 cohort of budding professionals in rugby! 

In addition, Youth-Engage project assistant, Tess Armstrong, will coordinate registration into MO and coach courses, and help to identify opportunities for participants to develop these new non-player skills! Thanks to support from a Community Development Grant from Jumpstart through Sport Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative, funding is also available to ensure this opportunity is accessible for all interested youth.

Who is eligible? Anyone who is... 

- Between the ages of 14-18 

- Currently residing in Ontario  

- Interested in registering for an NCCP Rookie Rugby or Level 1 Coach or Match Official course this year 

What will you do? 

- Develop a social network of young coaches and match officials  

- Grow a community of practice 

- Learn from coach and match official mentors in the community 

- Connect with Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada staff  

- Complete course pre-requisite modules and register for training with support 

- Understand the opportunities available to you through non-player roles  

- Build confidence in non-player roles  

When is it? 

Participants will sign up for one of three virtual meeting groups (Sunday night, Monday night, or Wednesday night). The program will run every other week from the beginning of March to the end of April for five sessions.  

Tentative Meeting Schedule and Topic Overview 


Participation in Youth-Engage is free, however there are costs associated with the coach and match official courses and registration with Rugby Ontario/Rugby Canada. Funding is available to cover these costs and youth should indicate their level of need in their application. 

How to sign up 

Sign-ups are open until February 24th, 2023. Please note that limited spots are available and confirmations will be sent the week of February 27th, 2023. 

Sign-up here: Youth-Engage 2023 Sign-Up  

Contact Details 

Please direct any questions to Project Assistant, Tess Armstrong, at tarmstrong@rugbyontario.com 


Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to lead, support and promote Rugby for All from communities to clubs to province. This mission signals a movement toward creating a more cohesive, supportive and progressive sporting environment that is responsive to the needs of all members.

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