Coming into its fifth year of championship, the Super Schools Rugby Fifteens saw participation from seven elite rugby playing schools vying for the Malaysia Airports Chairman’s Challenge Trophy.
The championship finals between Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) and Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor (SEMASHUR) will be held on 6 May 2018 at the Proton City Stadium, Tanjung Malim, Perak.
Malaysia Airports managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said, “One of the pillars in our CSR framework focuses on Education and Leadership among Malaysian youths and one of the programmes is through sports. We believe that sports is a healthy activity that provides good grounding for youths to build character and inculcate the right attitude towards achieving success, not only in sports but also in life.”
Badlisham added, “This is also part of our national contribution in enhancing our country’s sporting standards. Rugby can be a sport that has the potential to achieve the same level of success as what badminton and squash have brought to Malaysia. In fact, we are happy to see that several of the former students who used to play in this tournament are now playing at national level championships.”
The tournament, which kicked off on 29 April 2018 also saw participation from an additional 11 schools playing in the Ragbi Perdana League.
According to Malaysia Airports general manager of corporate communications Nik Anis Nik Zakaria who was at the press conference held at Lapangan Terbang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang last week, the winner of the Ragbi Perdana League will also have the opportunity to be invited to vie for the challenge trophy in the following year.
“We are happy to see increased interest and participation from more schools since we first started our sponsorship. Not only that, the tournament is now endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Malaysian Rugby Union,” she added.
Nik Anis also mentioned that Malaysia Airports has also sponsored other school sporting activities through its Airports@Sports programme such as their recent contribution to SK Subang for their rugby and archery sports development.
Other schools playing in the Super Schools Rugby Fifteens 2018 include Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Sekolah Dato’ Abd Razak (SDAR), Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah (SAS), Sek Men Sains Selangor, and Victoria Institution (VI).