After six weeks of training in collaboration with RCL members, RCL U18s took on the team from Dreiborn
A local rugby club sided a team against youngsters at Dreiborn’s youth offenders centre Wednesday in a ground-breaking project.
After six weeks of training in collaboration with RCL members, RCL U18s took on the team from Dreiborn Centre socio-éducatif de l’État at Boy Konen stadium in Cessange and played a demonstration match.
RCL started strongly, countered by a courageous and committed Dreiborn defence. Despite some sympathetic decisions from the referee, RCL kept their composure and led at half time. Dreiborn responded strongly in the second half cheered on by a vociferous crowd. Player K stormed over from 5 metres but the result was never in question.
After a short rest the teams were divided allowing the RCL and Dreiborn boys to play together. From this moment on play started to flow with the experienced RCL players creating space for the Dreiborn players to express their passion and flare. Outstanding rucking from player B resulted in a deserved score for player J. Player K,who has already been selected for the National U18s squad for the European Championships, scored his second try of the evening as the final whistle blew.
"The boys who have completed this project have shown themselves to be disciplined, courageous, able to deal with disappointment, respectful and resilient. If I were we looking for potential employees these are the characteristics I would look for", RCL development officer Paul Sweetnam said.
The young people from Dreiborn are not permitted to play in local school competitions and so the training and match provided a rare opportunity to compete in a sport. Sweetnam said he expected the collaboration to continue.
It is not the first time that RCL has initiated a social project with socially excluded groups. In the past it has held rugby and touch rugby training and games with inmates in Schrassig prison.