Youth Rugby benefit tournament is back in Great Falls

Youth Rugby benefit tournament is back in Great Falls

Great Falls Village will be a busy place on Sunday, Nov. 21. Great Falls/McLean Youth Rugby Club will host its sixth annual tournament to benefit the spinal cord injury research and recovery programs at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. This annual charity event is dear to the heart of Gary Coetzee, president of Great Falls Rugby and himself a spinal cord injury survivor.

The event is a youth tournament, for all age groups U7 through High School. A number of D.C., Maryland and Virginia Youth, Middle School and High School teams are already registered. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and will run all day. The Middle School and High School tackle teams (Boys and Girls) will play at both Leo Santabella Park (behind library) and the Grange. Youth “tag” rugby matches will be played behind the post-office.

Great Falls/McLean Youth Rugby is grateful for the continued support of the community, including sponsors Cuisine Solutions, Indigo IT, Nandos PERi-PERi Chicken and Kiwi Kuisine Pies. A portion of the proceeds from all participating teams and vendors will be donated to MedStar’s Adaptive Sports Program. We invite you to come visit, watch some rugby, and grab a bite to eat

Great Falls/McLean Rugby, founded in 2011, is a 501c3 non-profit organization and has seen registrations increase after the COVID lull. Registration and playing opportunities exist year-round and the Eagles are always looking for opportunities to promote the club throughout the Herndon, Great Falls, Reston, McLean and Sterling areas.

The rugby year is just starting (October 2021-September 2022), so there are plenty of opportunities to benefit from our rugby program and your one-time registration is good for the full year. We are all starting to look out for Spring Sports: rugby is your answer! Football player? “Many families are looking for a safer alternative to American football, while others are realizing how well the sports complement one another. Rugby-style tackling is taking hold in both college and profession football.”

For more information, visit or email Gary Coetzee at The club is also on Facebook.