The Worcester Rugby Football club (WRFC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 by Rob Anderson, Peter Coz, and Mike Minty, a group of individuals who grew up in Worcester. Recognizing the obstacles facing the city’s adolescents, they created a program aimed at empowering inner-city children and young adults. The mission of the WRFC is to make positive changes in the community, to give local youth the guidance and life skills they need to prosper, and to provide a strong foundation for a better tomorrow through the sport of rugby.
For 35 years, the WRFC’s objectives have been to promote physical well-being and social skills through positive development and support, improve self-awareness by encouraging involvement in neighborhood service projects, and lead current program participants to take on the mantle of their club mentors and pay forward the meaningful relationships they received to future youth.
In addition, the Club offers several youth programs: Rookie Rugby for boys and girls aged 6 to 14; Spartan Rugby for boys under 19 and Clover Rugby for girls under 23. These programs are open to local youths of all abilities and focus on providing a safe, organized environment for at-risk kids to learn important team-building, social, and life skills. Since 1985, these programs have offered hundreds of children a safe place to learn, play, and grow.