Canadian Rugby Community

October 18 2019

Twin Elm Rugby Park - Kraft Project Play 2019

Canada-Wide Rugby Communities Rally Around Twin Elm Rugby Park Upgrade: Kraft Project Play Contest - Vote Now

[ed. vote for Twin Elm Rugby Park at Contest runs from Friday 9am PT to Sunday 9am PT.]

from LeeEllen Carroll - EORU

BC Rugby has stepped up to the tee to kick off a major push towards upgrading Twin Elm Rugby Park’s facilities in Ottawa. Twin Elm is a top four finalist in this year’s annual contest and hopes to secure $250,000 in funding to upgrade its infrastructure and build an accessible facility for all sports-minded enthusiasts. BC Rugby is showing the country how strong the rugby family is by encouraging everyone to vote to #SaveTwinElm.

“The effects of climate change are causing damage to the park. We have the hope to not only reverse the damage — but enhance this gem and return it to its glory days, when we proudly hosted international competitions,” said Lee Powell, president of Twin Elm Rugby Park.

The facility has five full sized natural grass fields, and hosts Rugby Canada’s national teams in international competitions, as well as high school, post-secondary and provincial championships. The fields welcome Gaelic football, hurling, ultimate frisbee, flag football, lacrosse and soccer as well.

The UVic women’s rugby team is hosting a voting party while they are in Lethbridge, Alberta competing in the CanWest Championships. They’re challenging other squads to drive up the #SaveTwinElm vote count – and teams in Guelph, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s are taking up the test. This weekend voting is unlimited.

One recent highlight saw Twin Elm host the Mixed Abilities Rugby Program, a Rugby Canada Rookie Rugby program, providing an opportunity for people living with disabilities to participate in the sport.

“Rugby’s core values have enabled us to create a safe place for everyone of all abilities to play rugby,” said LeeAnn Napiorkowski, founder of Mixed Ability Rugby. “We look forward to having an accessible clubhouse, where everyone will experience a wonderful environment inclusive of all athletes and their families.”

Twin Elm requires major renovations to its infrastructure, especially plumbing and electrical, and modifications to make the facility accessible to all, including our LGBTQ2 community. As women’s rugby is the fastest growing sport in Canada, Twin Elm has designs on adding changeroom facilities for female referees.

“Twin Elm has played a major role in my rugby life, from my local club days to my Rugby Canada days when we were fortunate to be able to host national teams from around the world,” recalls Al Charron, former Captain of Rugby Canada’s men’s national team and member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. “Twin Elm is a real treasure, and with a boost to its infrastructure we can create a jewel of a sports facility that visiting teams will be impressed with, and a sports home everyone will enjoy using for years to come.”

Voting takes place online Friday, October 18th at 12 noon eastern through Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 12 noon eastern. To vote for #SaveTwinElm, visit

The grand prize winner will be announced live on TSN on Monday, October 21st at 3pm pacific.

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