Rugby and Basketball collide for the day in Lower Hutt

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Rugby and basketball communities are set to join forces in Lower Hutt tomorrow for a celebration of sport and local community.

‘Oval Hoops’, will bring together Wellington Rugby and Capital Basketball, hosted by the Stokes Valley Rugby Club, for a day of mini games, Rippa Rugby and team building exercises.

Alongside the two sporting organisations are community partners Wellington City Mission and the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association – who are committed to making sure all New Zealanders have access to sporting opportunities.

Stokes Valley Rugby Club is one of Wellington Rugby’s 17 member clubs and has a heritage dating back to 1949. Last year, it had 180 registered club members across its eleven teams.

Capital Basketball has its own thriving population of members and Wellington Rugby’s Head of Community Rugby, Will Caccia-Birch, says joining forces is a great opportunity for more kids to access sport in our community.

“This is about kids enjoying sport, having fun and being included. At the end of the day, it’s not about what club you belong to or what sport you prefer – it’s about getting active.”

Wellington Rugby has been built around its charter which asks all member clubs to make sure rugby is a game for all.

Caccia-Birch says this event elaborates on those beliefs.

“It doesn’t matter what religion, race, gender or background you come from – sport is all about building community and that’s what we want to achieve.

‘Oval Hoops’ will be held at the Stokes Valley Rugby Club between 9:30am and midday tomorrow.

The venue will be split between two fields and an indoor hard-floor gym, and is open to kids of all ages, with over 30 youngsters from age 6 to 13 already registered for the event.