Who has heard the saying:
” Football is a game for gentlemen played by ruffians and rugby is a game for ruffians played by gentlemen”?
Ruffians meaning tough, dirty
Well, I had, but never quite got what it meant. I got the game for ruffians bit: rugby can be a rough game indeed. But where were the gentlemen in this game?
A couple of weeks ago the kids took part in Coachclass training with the London WASPs and then went to the game of the pro team. They came back very excited to tell stories of the day, raging with excitement.
It was their first real exposure to rugby. I don’t quite understand the game and Dadonthebrink is more of a football fan, having grown up playing football all his childhood.
Angelina’s and Hugo’s day started with training.
BRITA sponsors the Wasps Community Foundation, which promotes grassroots rugby in the local community. The Foundation runs coachclasses for kids where Wasps coaches and players teach children key rugby skills and rules of the game.
The coach on the day was brilliant making sure that the training was engaging for all! Angelina, the only girl, and Hugo, a first time player, were made very welcome. They had loads of fun in the hour and half training session. To them it didn’t feel that long, as the coach made a game of even warming up. No tedious bends and stretches. They played bulldog- a version of catch-, pass, groups of four and lots more. Each honing a skill used in rugby.
Max, being only 2, was also kept busy in that time: he was the ball collector and arranger.
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After the training came the match- WASP vs London Welsh.
Even though they had access to a VIP box, Angelina stayed and watched the whole game from the stand.
At one point Dadonthebrink said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if London Welsh scored?” as they were the real underdogs in this game.
Angelina just replied “But they’re not very good.” To her the game suddenly made sense.
She had a score sheet and kept track of the stats of the game. From that little bit of training and explanation of the game, she got right into the spirit and really enjoyed the game.
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Now a rugby match is two times 35 minutes, but in reality it lasts a lot longer with stoppage and injury times.
The atmosphere is so different to a football match: the supporters are friendly, sitting side-by-side with their rival supporters and discussing the happenings on the field.
At the end the mascots came out- a Wasp called Sting and a Water droplet to signify the Brita sponsorship.
I really like the fact that a company like Brita sponsors a sport. (This is besides the fact that they actually invited us along.) Drinking water is so important in sports and day-to-day. I had just bought some filter bottles for the kids before the session, because I felt they needed to drink more and filtered water would taste better therefore encouraging them to drink.
The kids who take part in the Coachclass training get a filter water bottle too. My brood love their water bottles. The drinking enough…. well, it’s a work in progress, needing more work. Definitely improving though.
Back to rugby tough: As game ended, my kids came away with a real appreciation for another sport. On that Sunday they learnt about sports and sportsmanship, on and off the field. This is such a valuable lesson and I wish more people would have to chance to learn it and take it into other sports.
Thank you to Brita for the invitation to experience this great day out. I have since been looking at how and where Hugo, who wants to play more rugby, can join more coachclass training sessions and found this link at Premiership Rugby Academy
Will we see you there too? 🙂