Jungle Crows

Junior Development

The development of junior rugby players has been at the heart of the way in which the Jungle Crows and the Jungle Crows Foundation has developed.

It was the excitement and commitment of our young players which was so evident from the very beginning of the Jungle Crows journey that motivated us to extend our own commitment to even more children and have ambitions to extend this to 1000s of young people across India. At the same time as seeing a driving and consuming passion to play we also observed that the sport itself was making a difference to the youngsters. Young people who had little focus or pride were suddenly able to set clear goals not only in their rugby but in other parts of their lives also. We quickly saw that rugby was making a difference.

Today the focus of our junior rugby development is our Academy which operates on the main Kolkata Maidan on a Saturday morning from 7am. We generally have four coaching groups running each morning, U11 smallies, U13s, U16s and U20s. Age groupings are a little arbitrary and we operate the Academy as much on height and size to ensure safe game play as actual age.

Our first junior tour was to take an U19 team to Mumbai in 2007 where we competed in the first ever Indian National Junior Tournament. This was really a great team and the legendary black and grey Maidan Market kit is still fondly remembered. In that tournament we lost out in the semi-final to the Armenian College, a team always very tough to play at any level.

The Jungle Crows have since gone on to play in every local and national age-grade rugby tournament for both boys and girls. We have never quite tasted victory but the team is always there or there abouts with several runners-up trophies. We believe the experience of playing and touring cannot be bettered and are always looking for fixtures and chances for our youngsters to play.

We have also welcomed Coaches and Players at all levels to come and share their experience with us and if you are interested in being part of the Jungle Crows family please contact us. India offers a unique and special playing and coaching experience that we are sure you will enjoy.

latest news
Final day of the Jungle Crows Winter Camp in Kolkata, 10 mornings with more than 200 children each morning.
Winter Camp Tournament played out on Maidan.
Jan Intensive coaching week starts in Dumka with 8 schools signed up to Khelo Rugby.
Khelo Rugby launches in Dumka, Jharkhand with 8 schools playing .
Khelo Rugby India and Pakistan recognised for participation in Global Peace Games.

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