Broughton Park RUFC Launch 'Kids First Rugby' Programme
25 September 2014 10:19am
By Sharks Community Trust
Ian Bletcher (RFU), Pip Ransome (Broughton Park) & Hendre Fourie
On Sunday 21st September, Phillipa Ranson (Pip), BPFC Youth Secretary, launched their 'Kids First' programme at Broughton Park Rugby Club. Devised by player development manager Gary Townsend, Kids First Rugby aims to break the sport down into bite-sized chunks in order to ease understanding and enhance the skills of even the youngest players.
Aimed at under 7, under 8 and under 9s, the scheme has been trialled over the past three years and incorporates new rules such as smaller-sided games that encourage youngsters to keep the ball in hand, developing their passing and running in the process.
"This is about developing children through rugby union," said Townsend. "There is a different emphasis that is subtle but quite significant. It's all about putting the child at the centre, building their confidence and self-esteem as well as their competence."
"If we look at their social and personal skills, we can develop them into decision-makers who recognise that making mistakes is a natural part of learning. To develop creativity, they are going to make lots and lots of errors - that's OK. Ruckley just brings the whole thing to life and focusses the coaches on the fact that this is all about the kids."