With the support of Laureus, UmRio helps young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage
Before Covid-19 restrictions, UmRio was delivering over 60 hours of rugby each week
At least 1000 young people have now benefitted from UmRio initiatives
Rugby is a fast-growing sport in Brazil, with interest in all forms of the game is on the rise. Women’s rugby is increasingly popular, and according to Nielsen data more than 80 per cent of people in Brazil agree that the standard of women’s rugby is increasing every year, and that it is a good sport for young girls to take up. The Rugby World Cup 2019 was watched in great numbers in Brazil, with many fans following the tournament for the first time. With the numbers of people playing and watching rugby experiencing sharp rises in Brazil, the game has an exciting future in the country.
In 2019, the Webb Ellis Cup visited Brazil for the first time as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and interacted with different rugby social programmes in Rio and Sao Paulo. The values of rugby (integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect) are well-matched with the values of social projects aiming to teach life lessons in underprivileged communities.
Former All-Blacks rugby captain and Laureus Academy Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick, has seen at first-hand the challenges young people face in the favelas and praised the work that UmRio undertakes.
“I’m so impressed by the fantastic work that UmRio is doing to inspire more youngsters to take up rugby and overcome the problems that Covid-19 has caused to their daily lives. “Providing internet and access to healthcare, education and sport has given hope and opportunity to so many youths in Rio and Laureus is proud to support the great work UmRio does.”
Sean Fitzpatrick visits Laureus supported Luta Pela Paz in Rio in 2013