- Activities to Attract Athletes to Training Camp Sites 2016/02/10
Australia Rugby Union Inspects Tochigi(July 2015)
Three coaches from the Australia Rugby Union inspected several sports facilities and accommodations in Tochigi from July 16-18, 2015. This inspection was planned in order to promote Tochigi as a location for training camps in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, the coaches visited several local sightseeing spots and held a rugby session for local junior and senior high school students. It goes without saying that they were three very meaningful days.
Six sports facilities located in Utsunomiya, Nasu-Shiobara, Nikko and Sano were inspected. The coaches gave us very constructive feedback regarding whether Tochigi would be suitable for training camps as they made their rounds with the main events in mind. They additionally inspected the nearest accommodations, sightseeing spots and restaurants. All affiliated personnel received the coaches with the utmost Japanese hospitality and made their appeals for the facilities and local attractions.
On the last day of the inspection, the Tochigi Rugby Football Union held an interactive event at the grounds of a high school in Sano. This event was aimed at junior and senior high school students in Tochigi and was the aforementioned rugby session in which the students were directly instructed by the coaches. It was a very valuable opportunity for them and was also a meaningful opportunity for the coaches who were pleased with earnest attitudes of the students. As a result it was a splendid and successful event that gave the children new hopes and dreams.
After this inspection, Tochigi and the Australia Rugby Union exchanged letters and video messages, and we have continued correspondence in this manner. Tochigi is considering candidacy as a place of official training camps for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. There are various qualifications, but we aim at becoming one of the candidates for the training camp sites of Wallabies (the national Australian rugby team). Moreover Tochigi aims to be considered as a camp site for rugby sevens for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we hope to make further our relations with Australia through similar events in the future.