06 April 2015
The 6th of April marks the launch of the Pass It Back partnership, an innovative partnership to use rugby to build resiliency and leadership skills of young people, enabling them to overcome challenges in their lives and to ‘pass it back’ to others in their communities.
This is an exciting collaboration of three partners: ChildFund Australia, Women Win and the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU), who are working together to support the development of key life-skills through rugby, building on 3 years of experience in the Lao PDR. With more than 1 billion people under the age of 24 in 11 Pass It Back focal countries facing the challenges of poverty and inequality, Pass It Back will build leaders able to support development in their communities through sport.
With the inclusion of rugby in the 2015 SEA Games, the 2018 Asian Games, and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and the approaching 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (the first time ever hosted in Asia), it is critical for Asia to take advantage of these high-level events and to leverage them to support grassroots Sport for Development opportunities.
This program will be implemented in the Lao PDR and Viet Nam initially, with plans to scale-up to 11 countries of South and South-East Asia including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.
PASS IT BACK - “Building Leaders Through Rugby in Asia”