At the cry of “rugby with r of respect”, hundreds of boys and girls get ready to demonstrate their knowledge of this sport on the field of the stadium Rodrigo Paz Delgadofrom the Quito League.
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They are the beneficiaries of the schools Monaco Condors who for the second consecutive year carried out the foundation Huma Rugbywith the backing of the Foundation of Princess Charlene of Monaco. Through this initiative, minors from the capital’s neighborhoods La Mena 2, Caupicho, Muscles and Rails, La Argelia and San Francisco de Auqui they enjoy and feel like champions.
“At first I was a little scared because they told me it was from pushing yourself. Was indecisiveuntil I saw the first class, the care that the teacher had and I was calm, ”said Roxana Olverawho happily saw her little Axel (9 years old) and Jeremy (5) in the exhibition.
The mother explained that the president of the neighborhood Muscles and Railssouth of Quito, was the one who shared the invitation to be part of the school.
The Condors of Monaco project born in 2021 with 120 minors from the La Mena 2 and San Francisco de Auqui neighborhoods. Last year three sectors were increased and the number of beneficiaries grew to a total of 350.
Said Lopezdirector of this initiative, pointed out that originally for the second edition of the schools it was planned to receive 250 children from towns on the outskirts of the capital, but expectations were exceeded.
“We have received positive feedback from parents and neighborhood leaders. At first they are scared to hear that it is like the football, but it is not contact. Rugby exercises are carried out to instill values such as respect for friends and opponents, and teamwork”, he highlighted.
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For her part, Roxana stressed that now their children are more sociable thanks to the values that are instilled in the classes. “When they had a birthday they didn’t like to participate, they cried. Now that has changed. The rugby school has helped them control their frustrationto enjoy each activity ”, he specified.
Michelle Quijije, 14 years old, and who is part of the school in Guamaní, south of the capital, attests to the progress. “I was interested in learning a new sport. I like that they highlight the respect and discipline. I am no longer so distracted, which has helped me at school, ”she explained.
Among those with the most experience are jandry cave11 years old, who lives in the neighborhood Ore 2, north of Quito. “I’m already two years in school. Here I learned to apologize if there is a strong play, which does not happen in football. I also like the discipline and that you make a lot of friends”, says Jandry, who last year with 11 colleagues had the opportunity to travel to Monaco to participate in an under-12 tournament.
Ecuador was the only country in America who participated in the championship organized by the Princess Charlene Foundation, which renewed the invitation for them to participate this year.