All Rarotonga primary schools will participate in this tournament, which has been running since 2006.
The students have been practising for the past 11 weeks. Their training has been under the guidance of their teachers and rugby development officers from the Cook Islands Rugby Union. Social issues regarding health and wellbeing were also been addressed to students in encouraging them to have a healthy lifestyle.
CIRU chief executive officer Ben Koteka says that with Rugby Sevens now an Olympic sport, it is important that we continue with this value-based mass-participation of the programme.
“We organise promoting the rugby global values of discipline, respect, integrity, passion and solidarity,” says Koteka.
“A key ethos of Rippa Rugby is participation so all parents, uncles, aunties and supporters are urged to attend this event and support, encourage and cheer-on our wonderful children,” he adds.
The tournament will also receive assistance from Year 11 Physical Education students from both Tereora College and Nukutere College who will officiate and assist with administration duties on the day as part of their National Certificate of Educational Achievement accreditation.
The Cook Islands Rugby Union would like to thank Bluesky for being a major sponsor for this event.
This year’s tournament is being hosted by Takitumu Primary School and the first game is set to kick off at 8:30am.
TAKITUMU SCHOOL wishes to advise that the PRIMARY NETBALL and RIPPA tournament at the BSA (Bluesky Sports Arena) and Nikao fields has been postponed due to flooded fields.
We are hoping to run the event at the same time tomorrow (8:30am), Wednesday 20th. Thank you