Elementary students at after-school programs learn Rugby!
The SYA Youth Rugby program has provided a series “Introduction to Rugby” clinics for students at after-school programs (SACC) at Fairfax County Elementary Schools in Centreville, Clifton, and Chantilly. These non-contact clinics encourage children to try a new sport and develop new abilities (underhand passing, catching, running, evasion, etc) that enhance motor skills used in many sports. As their exposure and ability grows, so does their confidence level! It is our hope that not only do we grow awareness of rugby in the community, but we provide an outlet for children that may not be involved in other sporting activities.
“I wasn’t going to try it, I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I’m so glad I did – I love rugby!”- Quote from a quiet, 3rd grade girl
During each clinic, instructors keep it fun by demonstrating the basics through a series of fun games and activities. There is no blocking or tackling in this sport, we play it safe, using “flags” to simulate tackles in appropriate exercises. The activities are very similar to those every kid should know to include: “Relay Races”, “Hot Potatoes”, “Freeze Tag”, and “Sharks vs. Minnows”. Based on the award-winning Rookie Rugby curriculum, the rules and instructions for the activities don’t change, they just incorporate a rugby ball (or a gator ball may be used).These free clinics were made possible by generous donations by the US Rugby Foundation who provided nearly $500 in equipment to allow SYA to provide rugby balls and training material. The USRF’s mission is provide every young rugby player in the country with their very own rugby ball. For more information visit: http://www.usrugbyfoundation.
Each Fall and Spring, the SYA Youth Rugby Program host FREE clinics to introduce the game to young children & their families. Let us know if you would like more information about upcoming clinics or would like to have one hosted at your school, boys or girls club, youth group, or similar organization, email: firstname.lastname@example.org