Mini and Junior Programs

We are proud to offer two non-contact mini age groups, our Active Start/ FUNdamentals Mini Program for ages 5-7 and our Learn to Train Mini Program for ages 8-11, and one junior introduction-to-contact age group, our Train to Train Junior Program for ages 12-15. Our programs are designed around the Sport Nova Scotia long-term athlete development stages, in order to build proficient physical literacy in young players, and set all players up to be active for life. This program runs weekly, on Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30pm at the Truro Saints Rugby Park, from June 29th until August 24th. 

We are excited to offer this program for only $31.98 per child, proudly making our program the most cost-efficient summer rugby program in the province. Although we are proud to operate as a non-profit program, we heavily rely on community-based grants and sponsorship. If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a sponsor of the Truro Saints Mini Rugby Program, please contact  

Registration is now closed, with a record-breaking 89 kids registered in our programs. This marks 197% growth from 2016, where we saw only 30 players registered. If you would like to stay in the loop for 2018 registration, please email for more information!


The Timbits Rugby program was established approximately ten years ago, by local business owner and rugby enthusiast, John MacKenzie. John led the program for many years, in tandem with the Cobequid Educational Centre Girls Rugby Program. This created countless leadership opportunities for many young women, leading many down the path of a life-time of volunteer coaching. The program has taken many forms over the years, from an afterschool program, to a summer program, to a winter program hosted on turf fields. Our current Timbits Rugby Program is a nine-week summer program, running from June-August.  

The Truro Saints Rugby Club is proud to have a bountiful program that engages so many young people in Colchester County.


Our coaching staff this year is as follows:

Head coach of Fundamentals/Active Start group (Ages 5-7): Allison Ellis                                   Assistant Coach: Kelton Dawe                                                                 Assistant Coach: Emily Caddick

Head coach of Learning to Train group (Ages 8-11): Samantha Ellis                                       Assistant Coach: Melissa Totten                                                                 Assistant Coach: Shonalee Johnson

Head coach of the Training to Train group (Ages 12-15): Meghan MacEachern                                                                                        Assistant Coach: Mackie Hart                        

Alternate Head Coach of 8-11 and 12-15 groups: Nicole Tower

 Registration Night

This year, or coaching staff put on a FREE BBQ and “try-it” night for all interested players and parents, June 15th 5-7 pm at the Truro Saints Rugby Club. We were ecstatic to see hundreds of interested participants and their families enjoying the rugby park. The inflatable rugby field was surely a hit with players new and returning alike. This was made possible by the generosity of local business and business people, including the MacKenzie’s Tim Hortons, and Sobeys, and to Rugby Nova Scotia for the rental of the inflatable rugby field.

See Flyer below for Rookie Rugby Day Camp

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Community Engagement

Although our program runs during the summer months, our coaching team is deeply involved in presenting rugby introductions at various locations in the community. During 2016-2017, we’ve had the pleasure of presenting rugby sessions at the following locations during gym classes:

-          Truro Junior Highschool

-          West Colchester Consolidated Elementary (Bass River)

-          West Colchester Consolidated Junior High (Bass River)

-          Valley Elementary School

-          Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School (Old Barns)

And during the following special community events and programs:

-          Tatamagouche After School Program

-          The First Annual Lacrosse & Rugby Girls Day Camp 

-          The Hilden Elementary Field Day

-          The 2016-2017 Colchester MultiSport Program

-          The Colchester Recreation – Fun in the Sun Day Camp - All-Star Summer Camp

-          Rookie Rugby Jamboree during the Canadian Rugby Championships in Truro

-          Commitment to The 2017-2018 Colchester MultiSport Program

If you are interested in having our team of certified, NCCP Level Coaches, present a rugby introduction at your school, summer camp, or community event, please email Please keep in mind that these events are presented by volunteers, who’s availability may change depending on the time of year. Thank you for your patience.