The Consul-General of Australia in New York, Nick Minchin, has been a great supporter of Play Rugby USA since his appointment in NYC a few years ago. Mr. Minchin has attended a few of Play Rugby USA’s larger events but wanted to observe how we run our after-school programs.

We brought him up to visit a great flag rugby program at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Since September of 2015, The Y’s Be Me: After School Program has partnered with Play Rugby USA to provide weekly flag rugby instruction to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.

Mr. Minchin had the opportunity to watch practice and then the kids got to ask him questions (mostly about Australia!). As the day wrapped up the kids even signed a Play Rugby USA ball for him.

We’re so grateful for the support of the Australian Consulate-General and for our partnership with the Y!

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