Across the UK every weekend grassroots rugby can be seen in it’s pomp with hundreds of kids sprawled over field after field running round having an amazing time. For many clubs it’s the most important part of the club. It generates a huge amount of revenue for the club but also it provides an opportunity to create the players of the future to be pulling on the senior jersey!
Clubs should encourage their senior players to come down on a Sunday; we aren’t suggesting every Sunday as we are aware that there is a life outside of rugby and serious hangovers can cause an issue or two. But they should come down and lend a hand coaching some of the young kids. It will be much appreciated by them.
Not only that but it will also be of huge value to the many parents that give up their precious time to lend a hand coaching their child’s mini or junior side. No longer is a couple of hours on Sunday morning a crèche facility, it’s focused on developing serious and useful rugby skills.
We can’t get away with not laying on good coaching any longer; kids are the first to see through something if it isn’t planned or thought out effectively. Not every parent comes from a rugby background but they have certainly had their eyes opened to what a great game it is and what it can offer their kids to be a part of. We need to support them and having seasoned senior players to lend a hand occasionally is fantastic. It’s something that happens at the professional level so why shouldn’t it happen on occasion within amateur rugby?
Let’s get together to help those who might need a hand coaching some of our kids, give them any coaching help we can and allow them to learn and develop alongside the young ones. Mini and junior rugby on a Sunday is incredible to see and we need to do what we can to enhance that experience for all involved.