Chicago Lions Youth and Community Rugby

The Chicago Lions are one of the only rugby clubs in the USA to have a fully-integrated rugby program starting with Rookie Rugby (ages 4-10), and continuing through Middle School, High School and Senior Rugby for both Men (Division 1 and 2) and Women (Division 1).

In efforts to protect the minors in our organization and keep everyone in the club safe, we have constructed the new CLCA Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

Chicago Lions Rugby Fall 2022 Registration Process

About Rugby ID: A Rugby ID is the personal account you use to access Rugby AU services like registration, memberships and more.

(1) Parents must first create an account with Rugby Illinois/USA Rugby:

  • In the “Search by Club Name” Field – Select “Chicago Lions Rugby”.  It will read “Illinois, Youth, and HS Council” In the subtitle.
  • When asked who you would like to register, choose “Link a new person” and input your child’s information.  Make sure to register your child as a “Player” when asked to select role and choose the duration for Chicago Lions Rugby:
    • You will likely be asked to create a membership if you have never registered with USA Rugby or you should use the email previously used to register for participation and CIPP on Sport Lomo/USA Rugby.
    • If you are registering multiple family members (even for various teams/roles), make sure to do them consecutively to get a family discount.

(2) You’ll then need to register with Teamsnap: This is for the registration platform for the Lions 2022-2023 Programs. The cost is $150 per player*. Please note that there are scholarships and multi-member family packaging available**.

*Cost is $300 for HS competitive seasons.

** We never want there to be a financial barrier to the sport of rugby for anybody. If you need assistance, please reach out to youth [at] chicagolions [dot] com for options.


Rookie Rugby (Co-ed)

Pre-K to 4th Grade / Non-contact Rugby

“K” – Pre K
Saturdays 8-9:30am @ Lions for Hope
(732 S Washtenaw Ave)

“Rookies” – Grades 1-3
Saturdays 8-9:30am @ Lions for Hope
(732 S Washtenaw Ave)

Rookie Rugby Manager 
Ahn Gallagher
anneliese [dot] gallagher [at] gmail [dot] com

Middle School Rugby (Co-ed)

Middle School Juniors 4-6th Grade

Middle School Seniors 7-8th Grade

Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30-7pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

Middle School Manager
Simon Richards
swlrichards [at] yahoo [dot] com

High School Rugby

High School Girls 9-12th Grade

High School Boys 9-12th Grade

High School Boys – Grades 9-12
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30-7pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

High School Boys Manager
Clayton Miller
clayton [dot] miller [at] chicagowapitirfc [dot] com

High School Girls – Grades 9-12
Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30-7pm @ Lions for Hope SC (2637 W Polk)

High School Girls Manager
Ahn Gallagher
anneliese [dot] gallagher [at] gmail [dot] com

History of the Lions’ Youth and Community Rugby Program

Partnership with Chicago Hope Academy 

In 2009, Chicago Hope Academy and Chicago Lions Rugby entered into a unique, mutually-beneficial partnership in ordered to further develop the sport of rugby in Chicago. This partnership has provided the Lions with a home field and clubhouse in the inner city of Chicago, while producing financial support and developing a rugby program for Hope Academy.

Lastly, the partnership has produced a safe and substantial location to develop all levels of rugby, from youth to Division 1.

Development of Lions Community Rugby

The Lions Community program is the brainchild of Lions’ Director of Rugby, Dave Clancy, and focused on using rugby as a vehicle  for youth development and social change in the North Lawndale and East Garfield Park Community. The Lions hired Andy Rose as Director of Youth and Community Rugby in May 2018 and launch its first programs – an “Introduction to Rugby” course in North Lawndale Community Academy and Morton School of Excellence, unfortunately their festival had to be cancelled due to lightning but that was the beginning.

In 2018/2019 school year, the Lions Community program ran two after school programs as well a numerous camps and clinics with community parks and other non profit in the area – all of these programs, camps and clinics focused on introducing the sport and its ethos to the community members These programs were also provide an opportunity for healthy competition against the other programs.

Merger with Chicago Wapiti RFC

In August 2019, the Chicago Lions Rugby organization, established in 1964, joined forces to expand the Chicago Lions Youth Rugby Program to include middle school and rookie rugby. The merger is mutually beneficial and a pooling of resources will allow a complete pathway for its players focused on development and growth.

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