The Haven for Children joined the celebration of “The Santos Frank Get into Rugby – Junior Touch Rugby Festival” last April 27, 2019 at Southern Plains, Canlubang, Laguna. Tuloy Foundations, Parañaque Eagles, Tuloy sa Don Bosco, and Santos Frank Knight Mavericks also participated in the festival activities.
Touch Rugby refers to the game derived from rugby football in which instead of tackling each other, the players tag their opponents by touching them on any part of the body, clothes, or even the ball. A formal, competitive variety of football known as touch has developed from rugby league into its own kind of sport. Touch rugby games are being played as training activities for rugby league unions, particularly in schools and junior clubs as an informal kind of social sport.
Touch rugby was introduced to Haven for Women by a well-known group called Philippine Rugby Football Union, Inc. Since then, the children loved and enjoyed playing the game as it helps them build their self-esteem, increase their socialization skills, communication skills, teamwork, and their leadership skills.
During the break time, the organizers let the children play some mini gamesto heighten the fun and strenghten camaraderie among themselves.
Haven for Children team garnered nine (9) straight wins out of nine (9) matches from different categories which made the team champion of all the divisions under the 12, 14, and 16 year old categories. The children definitely enjoyed the experience as they bonded well with other players.
Haven for Children is a temporary shelter designed to provide healing and empowerment to former street children. It is located at Alabang–Zapote Road, Cupang, Muntinlupa City.