In the Fall of 2011 Lawrence Almagno formed the American Youth Rugby League Association, and with the help of Anthony Nardolillo, John St. John, Eric Hall and Joshua Kent administered a middle school Rugby League development program and pseudo competition at Roger Williams & Esek Hopkins Middle School. Whilst formalities with the incorporation of the American Youth Rugby League Association (AYRLA) the program was technically run under the banner of the Rhode Island Rebellion Rugby League Team.
The program continued in the Spring of 2012 with the help of Mik Shammas of the Boston 13s and NAMOA as well as Philip Henry, John St. John, Anthony Nardolillo. Later on in the program David John French and Gareth Frodsham joined the staff as well. The Rebellion returned that July to run Rugby League summer programs as part of the Providence After School Alliance’s summer camp’s. In the Spring of 2013 the American Youth Rugby League Association has expanded its programming to include a third Providence Middle School allowing for a more proper Rugby League competition to take a hold in the Providence Middle Schools.
In February 2012, due to the assistance of Shayla Belenger and the Rhode Island Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence. The Rhode Island Rebellion & AYRLA were able to start a Rugby League Program at the Rhode Island Training School, which serves as a Juvenile rehabilitation center for youth. (an Alternative to sending youth offenders to prison). The Program ran from February through August. The program started off as flag and eventually progressed into a full contact program culminating with a mixed game with the Rhode Island Rebellion. All the Residents were treated to an out door BBQ in which they were able to watch their peer’s mix it up with the Rhode Island Rebellion.
In 2012, the Title sponsor of the Rebellion for 2011 and 2012 Ullucci Physical Therapy donated 10,000.00 to Classical High School per the request of the Rebellion in lieu of the money going to them for the 2012 season. Classical High School, where the Rebellion play there home games as well as their training ground, were short 10,000 dollars for installing stands at there home field, something the school has never had in its history. In Rhode Island, Providence the capital city has been experiencing extremely difficult financial times since the financial collapse in 2008, which has effected Providence High Schools, including Classical. The Rebellion as part of its mission has been to serve the community and the State of Rhode Island, saw the donation as a way to stay true to their mission of assisting the growth of its community as it grows.
The Rebellion in partnership with the Boston 13s & American Youth Rugby League Association have successfully organized a U23 Spring Competition. With 3 Teams From Rhode Island and 1 From Boston. Teams are currently competing in an 8 week tournament which has its own Championship Finals.
Players will be selected from this competition to the U23 National Team being organized by the American Youth Rugby League Association.
Players who are from the Massachusetts or Rhode Island area must compete in this competition to be eligible. Those players who are not from the Massachusetts or Rhode Island Area will be able to try out for the team at separate designated tryouts.