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Rugby NY Presents Non-Contact Rugby to Phys-Ed Classes in NY State

During the 2022-2023 school year, Rugby NY brought non-contact Rugby to physical education classes around the state. Rugby NY was present in 18 schools and reached 9,000 elementary, middle, and high school students.

The program’s focus was to expose students to rugby, encourage rugby as part of a healthy lifestyle, and attract future rugby players and fans in advance of the 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cups.

Each school was provided with the resources and equipment needed to include non-contact Rugby in its physical education curriculum. Rugby NY received financial and equipment donations from Stewart’s Shops (a local dairy and convenience store group), USA Rugby, and Major League Rugby. Rugby NY is looking to increase the number of schools served in the coming school year and to introduce non-contact Rugby through community centers and after-school programs.

Rugby NY’s effort is part of Imagine Rugby, a partnership of USA Rugby, USA Youth and High School Rugby, and Major League Rugby, which works to make rugby available to youth in North America through partnerships with schools, recreation departments, not-for-profits, and MLR teams.

Rugby NY is now scheduling presentations for the 2023-24 school year. Volunteers are needed to assist in delivering this program and training will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering or having your school participate in the program, please contact Rugby NY Executive Director Rob Sliwinski at

2022-23 School Visits

  • Canajoharie Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Port Chester Middle School

  • Port Chester JFK Elementary School

  • Catskill Middle School

  • Catskill High School

  • Greenville Middle School

  • Greenville High School

  • Schenectady High School

  • Maple Hill Middle and High School (Castleton)

  • South Glens Falls High School

  • Cooperstown High School

  • Global Concepts Charter School (Buffalo)

  • Schuylerville Middle School

  • Schuylerville High School

  • Canastota High School

  • Glens Falls Middle School

  • Cohoes Middle School

  • Holland Patent High School


RugbyNY is the governing body for youth and high school rugby in the state of New York. They are a member of USA Youth & High School Rugby's Northeast region and are an officially recognized State Youth Rugby Organization (SYRO) by USA Rugby.

RugbyNY is registered with the New York State Department of State as a not-for-profit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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