Global Rugby Collaborative Launches at Beyond Rugby USA

Philadelphia, PA – Twenty-one leading Rugby-based social change agencies have banded together as founding members of the Global Rugby Collaborative, an organization that will unite and support like-minded practitioners from across the globe. These projects (in the space also known as “Rugby for Good (R4G)”) address and tackle some of the primary challenges faced by young people in under-resourced regions around the world.  From poverty, social exclusion and violence, to education, health and empowering young women – these R4G projects are working towards a vision: “Together, Creating a Better World through Rugby”. The launch of the GRC was catalyzed and lead by Play Rugby USA with the support from some world-class Advisors and Launch Partners referenced below. The launch is taking place at the Beyond Rugby USA component of the Beyond Sport Summit – the world’s preeminent Sport-for-social-change gathering, at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia.
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The Beyond Rugby USA Summit is being attended by thought leaders and stakeholders from the sport for social change space, including practitioners, representatives from major professional sports franchises, corporations and foundations. Rugby celebrity and World Cup Winner Will Greenwood will also be on hand to present and promote this rugby opportunity. In addition to sharing inspirational stories and best practices, the attendees will discuss strategies and tactics for growing the GRC to develop and support its membership’s young people, worldwide.

“We’re really proud to be launching the Global Rugby Collaborative today at Beyond Sport and Beyond Rugby USA. The GRC is a ground-breaking initiative to celebrate and elevate the incredible work of our members who use rugby as a unique yet powerful vehicle to create choice and better opportunities for young people around the world. We aim to create synergy, energy and opportunity for all to help young people maximize their potential life.”  said Mark Griffin, founder of Play Rugby USA and the Global Rugby Collaborative.

In conjunction with the launch at the summit, the GRC announced today it’s new website: which showcases the work of the GRC founding member organizations and provides a platform for new members and partners to get involved.

Founding Members


Launch Partners

Partners BR Release

GRC Advisors

Marnie Webb, CEO Tech Soup Global
Jeff Hamaoui, CEO Further by Design
Mike Geddes, StreetFootballWorld
Wayne Morris, Premiership Rugby
Ned Wills, Executive Director Laureus Foundation
Nick Keller, CEO Benchmark Sports
James Baderman, Manager Fight for Peace
Martin Hansford, Chairman Tag Rugby
Alberto Vollmer, CEO CA Ron Santa Teresa
Mel Young, Founder Homeless World Cup

Mallory Woods, GRC Membership Relations Manager Mallory.Woods@Playrugbyusa.com212-757-3421

Mark Griffin, Founder & CEO, Play Rugby USA:

630 9th Avenue, Suite 809, New York, NY 10036

The Global Rugby Collaborative is an international network of rugby-for-good agencies around the world collaborating together to create a better world through rugby. The GRC seeks to connect members, advocate for rugby-for-good, share best practices, develop resources and support members in creating a world of better opportunities for young people, through rugby.

Play Rugby USA is the premier Rugby-for-good practitioner in the USA. Founded in 2003, the organization works primarily with disconnected and at-risk youth, using rugby as a vehicle to achieve long-term wellness and educational success. The program has grown to coaching over 4,000 children per year in structured weekly programs between New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and over 14,000 students in aggregate since inception. The vision of Play Rugby USA is to create “A Better World Through Rugby”.


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