Our story involves a group of passionate supporters and parents wanting to develop a landing pad for young men and women that would otherwise be lost to rugby and all it has to offer. We provide an alternative to existing post school sporting clubs such as Australian Rules, Basketball, Netball and Soccer.
The club is built off the base of Victorian Schools students and supporters – but is certainly not limited to this. Through rugby, the club is a vehicle that allows friendships, both players and supporters, to continue past school – and to develop new ones.
Our rugby program is designed for both young men and young women, and is primarily developed around the enjoyment and culture of the game, supported by skill development, fitness and an understanding of the game. We create an environment that stimulates the players and supporters and makes them want to be part of it.
We believe in community and encourage our members to act as ambassadors to share the enjoyment rugby, and to assist in the development of the game in Victoria.
1. To provide a landing pad for young men and women that would otherwise be lost to the game
- Less than 10% of players from the Victorian Schools boy’s system continue to club rugby; Young women are underrepresented in rugby generally
- VS Barbarians offers young men and women an opportunity to continue their friendships through playing Colts Rugby
- With a strong focus on community, VS Barbarians is a club that provides both players and supporters a platform for continued socialisation.
2. Development of Rugby culture – it’s more than just a game; it should become an example
All sports have lessons that can be taken from the field and applied to real life, but the culture surrounding rugby is the envy of many sports. Rugby, both on and off the field, offers such a broad range of lessons that collectively can’t be found in any other game. Not simply the standard generics of “teamwork” and “playing hard’ – but particularly for young men and women, the preparation for life that can be found on the rugby pitch.
3. Personal development
A focus on personal development, both as young men and women and athletes, providing the tools, skills and encouraging the character required to be leaders – both on and off the field. There are numerous parallels between what it takes to be successful both in real life and on the playing field.
This could be described in term “Ubuntu”, which has its origin in the Bantu languages, and although difficult to translate into English, essentially means “I am because we are” – an individual cannot exist as a human being in isolation. It is based on character, behaviour, community and interconnectedness. Individual development is pursued to enable the club and the community to improve.