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Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship | #LoudnProud

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The new season for H and his U10 rugby team was long awaited, the time seemed to drag for him between end of season presentation and the beginning of Summer training and he asked constantly how long it was until it was time to go back. Now we are well into our training matches with our first festival coming up this weekend, and H is chomping at the bit to get stuck into it and do his part for the team. This year he is really 'getting it', understanding the laws, and I think he is going to have a really great season.

The kids have played two sets of fixtures already with four teams visiting our home ground, with mixed results, but the challenges were met by the team and they did their best. We encourage and praise and the coaches do their thing, but it is important to remember that they are kids, and this is meant to be fun, and this is how they will learn - the core values of Rugby are Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship and those are what we all must remember and abide by. The only thing that H wants to hear at the end of his training session or after a match is "Well done, I'm proud of you, I enjoyed watching you play" and so that is exactly what we tell him.

Never does he complain about it being cold, or wet, or that he's tired. He gets up on Sunday and pulls on his kit, packs his bag and has his breakfast ready to get going. He loves rugby, and the progress he is making speaks for itself. He earned 'man of the match' from his coach last weekend and we honestly could not be more proud of how hard he is trying, and how much effort he is putting in to being the best player he can be. I saw him get studded on the hand last week, and he had his ankle stomped on the week before, but he stood up and shook it off and carried on. When he got home he had a big mug of hot chocolate and got himself cleaned up, and I might have pampered him a bit for the rest of the afternoon - but he definitely earned it. We might have a long cold Winter ahead of us but we're going to have a lot of fun and play some great rugby.


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12 comments:

  1. I love this post! Can totally relate. It's so good to see kids trying hard at sport, making good progress and really enjoying it. Long may it continue!

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    1. Thanks so much. It's great isn't it, I love going to watch him every week and I'm so pleased that I have gotten more involved with his club and team.

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  2. Well done H on getting man of the match! Bless him, he looks so proud in his kit. I'm glad he's enjoying Rugby, bless him. xx

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    1. Thank you, we're picking up his new kit this weekend for the new season which he's really excited about.

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    1. Thank you! He's looking far too grown up in his kit these days (that and he is rapidly growing out of it, glad to be picking up the new kit this weekend!)

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  4. Brilliant! Sounds like you have a natural rugby player there. I'll be honest and say how glad I am that my son has picked football over rugby - I just don't think I could cope with all the rough and tumble! Well done to him on receiving 'man of the match'.

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    1. He does really seem just to 'get it' which is unusual with his Dad and brother being more into their football, rugby just seems to come naturally to H. I'm looking forward to seeing him progress and finding out where he fits in the team. Thank you!

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  5. I am so so glad we have introduced rugby to my boy. The game and what it represents sits with me very nicely. I love this post and on Monday posted my own rugby post and Mum of 3 World sent me this way! Just wondering if it's the same festival we're heading to today just up the road from me?! :)

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    1. Doesn't it though, it feels like a much more community minded sport and the respect that they show to officials and each other both professionally and at grass roots level is really important. I don't feel it is as good in other sports. I do believe it was the same festival!

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  6. sounds like he is doing brilliantly - and you are so right that it is most important to be having fun and enjoying it rather than any pressure on outcomes. #loudnproud xxx

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    1. Absolutely, first and foremost it's a game and fun for them to play and learn about rules and team work and enjoyment of the game - everything else is a bonus!

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