Atlanta Youth Rugby was founded in 2006 by Stewart Haddock, a dad who was looking for a local Atlanta rugby league for his son - and quickly found out there wasn't one in existence! Since that first year, AYR has worked tirelessly to expand the number of safe and fun youth rugby programs in the area. Recently, AYR has taken the next step and created programming for community organizations and after school programs.
AYR's mission: to build character and athleticism while fostering sportsmanship and community in a fun, safe, and inclusive atmosphere.
SPORTSMANSHIP – is the foundation upon which rugby is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win, while ensuring that the well-being and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
PASSION – Rugby people have a passion for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.
DISCIPLINE AND INTEGRITY – Discipline and integrity are integral to rugby, both on and off the field. We play honestly and fairly, striving to follow the letter and the spirit of rugby laws and regulations.
RESPECT – Respect for ourselves, our teammates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount.
SOLIDARITY – Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to lifelong friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcend cultural, geographic and political differences. We welcome all new team members and include everyone, because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly, working for our teammates, not for ourselves. We rely on one another and understand that every player has a part to play.
FUN – Working hard as a team for an objective and achieving it is what rugby is all about. By adhering to our Core Values, we ensure a fun experience for everyone involved.