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New Partnership with SkiptheDepot!

Pirates is proud to be partnering with SkiptheDepot! We know you all have been hydrating during quarantine and the empties have been piling up. SkiptheDepot will pick up your empties and either you get your deposit back or it can be directly donated to the club. Click the picture below to download the app and schedule your pickup today!

High School 7s Cancellation

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic response, the annual Pirates High School 7’s tournament has been cancelled. If you have previously submitted a deposit for your team, please contact Angela ( to have the cheque returned by April 30, 2020. All cheques that have not been requested to be returned by this time will be destroyed. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all back at the 2021 event.

2020 Pirates Update – April 18

We continue to follow the directive of Rugby Canada with the indefinite suspension of all sanctioned rugby activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, in-person training sessions, matches and tours. This difficult decision was informed by the orders of our national and provincial health authorities and reflects a commitment to the health and safety to all members of the rugby community. Further communication regarding if a season will occur and in what capacity, will be delivered no later than June 30, 2020.

As all clubs grapple with navigating this unprecedented situation, we will continue to engage our membership and remain a strong Pirates community. Although the absence or a reduced season would have a substantial impact on the financial wellbeing of the club, we will continue to operate in a fiscally responsible manner. We project running a larger deficit in our budget this year than in previous years. While we have funds to sustain the operations of the clubhouse, we are actively planning how to mediate the additional loses and member assistance will be vital. Ways in which members will be able to continue to remain engaged with the club and contribute include: participation in fundraising efforts, purchase of social memberships, and contributing your time, services, or skills in any capacity. We will continue to provide updates on these opportunities and welcome feedback with further ideas from members.

Thank you to everyone for your continued understanding and support of the Pirates. Please feel free to contact myself or any other member of the executive if you have any questions or concerns.

Kate Childs

President, Edmonton Rugby Football Club (The Pirates)

Rugby Canada Webinar – Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Rugby Canada is pleased to announce we are offering a free webinar to the general public with our National Senior Men’s Team head coach, Kingsley Jones, titled “What I Learned from the Rugby World Cup – Trends of International Rugby.” As the Canadian community looks to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, please join us this Thursday, March 26 at 1pm EST / 10am PST for an opportunity to connect with Kingsley Jones as he shares his insight from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and takes some questions. Please find all of the relevant information below:

‘What I learned from the World Cup – Trends of International Rugby’

Kingsley Jones (Rugby Canada Head Coach – Men’s XV)

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

10:00am (PST) 1:00pm (EST)


Anyone with problems registering, please contact Nathan Abdelnour (

Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming days and weeks with some additional content presentations. On behalf of everyone at Rugby Canada, we hope you are all doing well, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


COVID-19 Cancellations

Under the direction of Rugby Alberta and in an effort to keep our players and coaches safe and healthy for the season, as well as while we await ACT Rec Center repairs, we are cancelling indoor training for the remainder of the planned sessions. Remaining minis sessions at Kinsmen have also been cancelled. Outdoor training is still planned to begin when field conditions permit and we will keep you updated on any changes as both the current medical situation and the weather evolve. Thanks to everyone for their understanding and please contact an executive board member if you have any questions.

“Being a member of the rugby community means loving the sport and your teammates and everyone who enjoys it and wanting them to keep being able to as well. It sucks. But let’s wait this out so we can all get back at it quick and without anyone getting sick. Pirates keep themselves and their friends safe”

Seeking: Rental Coordinator – Volunteer Position

Pirates are looking for a rental coordinator! This is a volunteer position that includes maintaining a booking calendar, showing the facility to potential renters, coordinating openings and closings for rentals and being a point of contact. The position has a lot of support from the board and membership, so it’s not something where you need to know what to do already or do it all yourself – we will help you along the way! The position qualifies a player to bypass the volunteer deposit requirement for the 2020 season, so a great opportunity to get your hours on the books early. It is also open to non-players or those who may wish to have a role to use as an addition to their employment resume. Contact any of the board members or email for details if you are interested.

Indoor cancellation – March 1-15

Due to a fire at the ACT Rec Centre, indoor training will be cancelled March 1, 8 and 15th. We will keep you updated here and through our social media accounts about upcoming weeks as we look for a new venue and opportunities.

Level 1 Reffing Course Dates Announced

Interested in joining the Edmonton rugby community, but not as a player? Why not try reffing! The level 1 course is being offered in April, just in time for the season. A great way to keep on top of the game, a part of the community, and make some great friends. Games are paid, so also a great summer job for students and opportunities to expand into a career. For 2020, the course will be a requirement for Pirates minis coaches to help support our grassroots program (contact an executive member for details). Be part of rugby today!

Please direct all inquiries to

We’re Hiring!

Pirates is looking for a new head coach for the 2020 season of our Senior Women’s team. Please review the posting linked below for more details. Applications and resumes can be submitted to the VP of Women’s Rugby at

We are also hiring a Youth Development Officer. The position involves spreading the good news about rugby through grassroots and school programs, supporting our minis and juniors programs and representing Pirates to the greater Edmonton sports community. An excellent opportunity for a student summer job, we encourage anyone interested to contact for more info.

Pirates Senior Women Head Coach Posting_2020

Minis Indoor Starts February 6!

Click the poster below for more info for your minis indoor sessions, starting February 6th at Kinsmen Sports Center.