The Detroit Tradesmen Rugby Football Club Youth Rugby Development
Program started in 1998 in order to promote and facilitate the development of high school rugby programs in Southeast Michigan.
The Youth Rugby Development Program provides a unique experience for high school-aged
students. As most Tradesmen-developed clubs are community or area-based students in the
community can participate in a club sport, regardless of the high school affiliation. This
promotes interaction by students from very diverse social and economic backgrounds.
The organization has successfully developed youth rugby clubs located in Birmingham,
Dearborn, Howell, Lakeview, Livonia and Northville/Novi and Troy. It continues to provide six
of these seven programs with financial, volunteer coaching staff and administrative organization
Students and parents interested in becoming a part of the Detroit Tradesmen Youth Rugby Development program can contact the following head coaches:
Brad Warner: Email
Patrick Khalaf: Email
Dave Dilworth: Email
Dave Huff: Email
Jim Gell: Email
Ron Cornell: Email
Rob Anderson: Email
In the Fall of 2011, the Tradesmen Colts were formed to compete as a unified touring side for high school-aged players. Inaugural matches were played in Holland, MI and in Elkhart, IN. In April 2012, the Colts toured Ireland and played in three international matches.
The Colts are coached by Pat Khalaf and will have another full fall schedule in 2016 that will include matches in Detroit and throughout the Midwest.
Player must CIPP on their own through USA Rugby and Dues are $50 per player for the season.