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The Ottawa Ospreys RFC have received additional support from Jumpstart Sports Relief Funding Grant

The Canadian Tire Corporation has announced in 2021 additional funding commitments to help sports and recreation organizations build back sport and play in Canada and the Ottawa Ospreys RFC is happy to announce that we have received additional funding support from the Canadian Tire Sports Relief Grant!

This pandemic continues to impacted access to sports and play and, has real long-term effects , which  our Club and the communities it serves, has experienced first-hand. Our Club is amongst nearly 300 sports and recreation organizations nationally to be provided with grant support through JumpStart Sports Relief funding. We are beyond grateful to receive this continued financial support from this amazing organization.

With these funds we have been able to fund our field commitments for 2021, purchase rugby supplies, setup coach development opportunities and better position our Club to return to play safely.  Please join us in thanking Canadian JumpStart Sports Relief Funding in keeping sports alive in Canada!

Registration for the 2021 rugby season is now open!

Please visit https://ottawarugby.com/registration/ for details. As you may be aware, our outdoor training is on hold until we receive further guidance from Rugby Ontario (RO) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) on how we can return to play safely. Until then, we are encouraging our members to register for the 2021 season and to complete their world rugby online training modules (https://ottawarugby.com/training-and-practices/) in preparation for when we are cleared to return to play! #weareback #rugbyiscoming #withyou #registerforrugby #spreadtheword #bringafriend

Ottawa Ospreys RFC Mother’s Day Flower Basket Fundraiser

Get a head start on spoiling Mom or Grandma this Mother’s Day (May 9th) by participating in the Ottawa Ospreys RFC Mother’s Day Flower Basket Fundraiser. The Club has partnered with the Richmond Nursey to offer Flower Baskets (13”) to help raise money for The Club as well as provide the perfect gift for the Rugby Moms and Grandmothers out there! This fundraiser will run from Sunday March 21, 2021 to Monday April 5, 2021. All proceeds generated will go towards the upcoming 2021 rugby season.
Purchasing options: One Flower Basket = $40 / Three Flower Baskets = $100 [flowers and colours may vary]
All orders must be submitted by Monday April 5, 2021. The order instructions and payments details are found in the following link: https://forms.gle/vkWN8sP6HYQQFvxy7 .
Flowers will be available for pickup on Saturday May 8, 2021; location and time will be provided by our Volunteer Coordinator (Audrey Heron), closer to the date. Thank you for the continued support!

To the Ottawa Ospreys Rugby Football Club Family,

As the incoming President I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all the members of the Ottawa Ospreys a wonderful holiday season.  

It is December again and I’m pretty sure none of us could have predicted the year that we have had.  Most, if not all, of the challenges we have faced as an organization and individuals has been off and away from the rugby pitch this year. Dealing with Covid has brought to ourselves/our families physical and mental health challenges, among others.  However, despite this tough year I have taken heart and hope from the hard work put in by the previous executive group in keeping this great club going during a year and season that barely happened. The positive engagement we have seen over the course of the year to stay in touch, keep each other going, and to be there for each other has been inspiring and really brings into focus that we need to cherish the little things in life – such as our rugby community – that bring us fullness, enjoyment and a community for which I can call my extended family and I for one am proud to be a part of.

The new year is upon us and as we’ve seen around the world “we aren’t out of the woods yet” so I implore you all, to maintain the spirit of the season of hope, family, togetherness as we continue to meet the challenges of the upcoming year, including this virus.  Similar to many a ruck, we can conquer this as a team, family and community to continue to support each other through this challenging moment in time. 

In closing, we have many challenges ahead of us, but let’s take the time during this holiday season (perhaps more than past years) to take stock in who we have around us and make thanks for the small things in life that bring enjoyment and peace in our lives, I know for me rugby and the rugby club is one of those things.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Jason Duff

President

Ottawa Ospreys Rugby Football Club

New Year with a New Executive

At the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Ottawa Ospreys RFC welcomed new members to the executive team to help tackle the next two years in the following portfolios: 

  • President: Jason Duff
  • Vice President: Jason Gray
  • Director of Rugby: Jonathan Inman
  • Director of Administration: Kim Gray
  • Treasurer: Martin Duff
  • Director of Communications: Danielle Smith
  • Registrar: Kim Gray
  • Director of Social: Anne Fagnan
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Audrey Heron
  • Youth Protection Officer: Danah Aris-Burger
  • Director of Senior Women: Andrea Pretty & Leanne Mandzuk
  • Director of Senior Men: Adam Desjardins
  • Director of Junior Men: Craig Moore
  • Director of Junior Women: Danielle Smith
  • Director of Minors: Melissa Duff & Matt Waters

 The new executive has a lot of work cut out for them with the upcoming 2021 rugby season. Planning will begin in the new year, focusing on indoor training as well as the realignment of the organization to better serve our members. 

For more information on the results of the 2020 Annual General Meeting, please contact communications@ottawarugby.com

 

Ottawa Ospreys RFC receives Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant

In September 2020, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced an $8 million sports relief fund to help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.

As you may be aware, many community organization have shut their doors due to the financial burden created by COVID-19, including lost of revenue and increased program costs.  The Ottawa Ospreys RFC has experienced the impact and challenges of the pandemic first-hand.

Our Club received confirmation that we are amongst 668 sport and recreation organizations nationally to be provided with the grant support through JumpStart’s Sports Relief Fund. We are thankful to have received this news and to know how positive an impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, not only in our area, but ultimately, for kids across the country.

With Jumpstarts support, it will enable our club to continue to operate and open opportunities for improved rugby activities in the 2021 rugby season.

For more information on the Canadian Tire Sports Relief Fund, please visit the following website: https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/sport-relief-fund

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