About Tanglin Rugby Club
Tanglin Rugby Club (TRC) has come a long way from its’ beginnings in the corner of a muddy field in 2005. The handful of kids has turned into approximately 700 3 to 18 years old playing touch and contact rugby each week. TRC exists due to the hard work of its member volunteers who run a non-profit, professional and ever developing rugby club in Singapore.
TRC’s mission is to provide kids the best possible start in ‘rugby for life' encompassing TRC rugby values and sportsmanship. TRC alumni can be found in schools, clubs and representative sides across all parts of the world, all who are still members of the TRC family.
We are a registered society in Singapore and are also an affiliated member of the Singapore Rugby Union (SRU).
TRC will provide the best rugby and touch to ALL.
COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
Every Head Coach and age group Coach is World Rugby (iRB) Level 1 / Level 2 qualified. All coach training is free and TRC has established coach-the-coach initiatives and continued learning opportunities. Equally applied is to referee training where courses are at club cost, and TRC practice matches scheduled to allow new referees to fine-tune their craft in a more relaxed environment. Any parent or youth player who has an interest in coaching or refereeing will have the support of the club.
COMMITMENT TO NEW DEVELOPMENT
TRC leads the growth of girls contact rugby in Singapore. A year ago on the back pitch at TRC, we had ten girls training and learning to play contact rugby. Today, through the hard work and enthusiasm of our club members, support from the SRU and other Singapore clubs there are over 60 girls playing contact rugby across four age groups. In 2017, girl's rugby has grown so fast two teams played in the TRC Cup tournaments, and teams are now on rugby tours to Hong Kong, Bali, and Cambodia. TRC also hosted the inaguaural All Girls Contact Rugby Tournament with 30 teams travelling to the Tanglin pitches from Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
COMMITMENT TO TOUCH RUGBY FOR ALL
TRC has played a key role in the growth of Touch Rugby in Singapore, supporting the Touch Association of Singapore (TAS), the formation of a new governing body Touch Singapore (TSG) and helping other clubs become established. TRC hosts the annual Clifford Chance Touch Trophy, which in 2017 had 70 teams from across Asia and Australia participate.
COMMITMENT TO OUR PARENTS
It's not only the children's rugby and touch development we support but also our PARENTS! Every Sunday we have parent groups who train to compete in the TAS League. Read all about our parent and coach teams Touch MAD, Coffin Dodgers and Old Dogs, New Tricks HERE.
COMMITMENT TO OUR PLAYERS
TRC holds 4 major tournaments a year all through the efforts of our volunteers. In 2017 we successfully held the TRC Junior Cup in May, the TRC Cup in October, the Clifford Chance Touch Trophy in September, and the inaugural Girls Contact Festival in December. Along with TRC hosted tournaments, we also participate in a number of overseas tours and tournaments through the year.
At TRC we provide extra specialised training sessions through the TRC Rugby Academy run by the TRC Club Head Coach. At regular times during the year guest coaches also provide our players additional skills training be it either rugby or touch. We have had International Sevens player, Dan Norton train our senior players, and Todd Mills and Andrew Moylan, travelling from Australia to train with our touch players.
COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY
Through member’s fundraising, TRC brought kids from Kampuchea Ballop (Cambodia) and Futurehope (India) to play rugby in Singapore with enormous success on and off the pitch, an enriching experience for children on both sides and raising funds and awareness for the NGOs.
COMMITMENT TO FUN!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you expect from the Club?
- A friendly welcome and an opportunity to meet new friends.
- Opportunities to be involved in all aspects of club life, and to bring your own expertise to the club.
- Opportunities for your son/daughter to have fun and develop their game as much as they want to.
- A safe environment.
- Qualified coaches and responsible volunteers.
- Relationships based on trust, honesty, and respect where your son/daughter are valued and listened to and where their welfare is paramount.
- Clear lines of communication with you about your child, fixtures, training, and events.
Can I get involved in the club?
- It is part of our rugby and touch philosophy that you are involved in your child’s development.
- Ever thought of volunteering? There are many areas within the Club, which rely on volunteers, and without this support, the Club would not run!
What is expected of players?
- Commitment to come to training every week.
- Commitment to play in all local events.
- Commitment to take part in as many overseas tours as possible.
- Good behaviour on and off the field of play.
Do you have First Aiders?
- It is a club requirement to have a registered First Aider attend training sessions and matches.
- A number of our coaches and volunteers have completed the Standard First Aid course run by the Singapore Red Cross.
- For Sunday morning Club training, and competitive matches, we employ the services of SMCT to provide on-site Paramedic cover.
Are your coaches qualified?
- Specialised role of Club Head Coach (World Rugby Level 3) who oversees all rugby age groups and is Head Coach of the U15 and U17 players.
- All U12 to U18 Contact rugby teams have World Rugby Level 2 and 3 coaches.
- All age groups coaches are World Rugby Level 1 (and a number are Level 1 qualified referees).
- Our parents have varied and distinguished playing careers. Some are still playing rugby and touch on a regular basis, while others have played at the very highest levels, being ex International and/or Professional rugby and touch players.
- We encourage all our coaches to further their coaching knowledge by attending World Rugby courses run by the SRU.
- Every year we invite guest trainers to run our very own coach the coaches sessions.