Rugby For Little Ones? Really?!
“Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen” Unknown.
Why is this?
The two sports are both physically active and similar in their strategy, in fact Rugby evolved from “the beautiful game”. In the current world the major differences can be found in their ethos and core values.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) actively promotes its core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. These core values are treasured and pushed through at all levels from the England 1st XV to market leaders in children’s development specialists like RUGGERBUGS.
Whilst RUGGERBUGS’ core values differ slightly (FUN, Respect, Teamwork, Discipline and Camaraderie) our major focus is on “FUN”. For us this is our most important core value and we can’t emphasise how important it is. Coaches, children and parents alike should all be having FUN at our classes. Rugby is a FUN sport, so the development of their skills should be FUN as well.
The RUGGERBUGS “Head Start”™ Programme is a structured physical play programme aimed at boys and girls aged 18 months to six years inspired by non-contact rugby. It is designed to promote a FUN and positive introduction to sport and fitness from an early age.
This unique programme assists with your child’s Early Years Foundation Stage Development and centres on developing and enhancing basic levels of movement, self-awareness and social interaction through running, jumping, catching and throwing games as well as introducing your child into the basic fundamentals of rugby (passing, catching, evasion and kicking) in a FUN and stimulating environment.
Valuable life skills such as communication, listening, sharing, taking turns and teamwork are gently introduced and developed ensuring your child not only benefits from increased stamina but also confidence and self-esteem all of which are vital for a healthy lifestyle