About the Pelham Youth Rugby Club
In the Spring of 2007, Matt Persanis and Tom Klienberger got together with Christian Mayo from PlayRugby USA to form Pelham Youth Rugby. Their goal was to bring the great game of rugby to the children of Pelham. In 2008, Pelham Recreation officially recognized rugby as one of its sports. Since then, it has become one of the fastest growing youth sports in the town, and in the nation.
During its first year, Pelham won the Mayor’s Cup Tournament in New York, which is the largest flag rugby tournament in the world. Pelham went on to win the tournament two more times and finish in second place a third time. Last year, Pelham won the “bowl” trophy in the middle school division and finished in second place in the elementary school division.
This past fall, Pelham finished second in the middle school division of the PlayRugby USA fall seeding tournament. The second place finish means that Pelham is seeded second going into the Mayor’s Cup this spring. We are ranked No. 2 out of 68 teams!