That Sunday was the usual rugby training in the morning, arriving for 10am with H kitted up and ready to go - fitness training, drills and ball skills on a thankfully mild and dry day (compared to the week before when it had been nothing short of horrific). During a break in training he came over and sat on the rucking shield for a drink and I snapped this pic of him, he looks so big and grown up now and I love how devoted he is to his sport - whatever the weather and whatever is being asked of him, he just gets on with it and tries really hard. I'm pleased that it's easier for me to go along and watch all of his matches and training sessions now with E being older, and she loves to come along and watch her big brother play (or just to sit in the clubhouse with her friends!).
This weekend was a match with a local club, just a friendly as they all are at this age - training matches to allow them to practice the skills they learn in their training sessions each week and to have a little fun and friendly competition. It was another brisk day with a stiff wind blowing across the pitches and a fine mist of rain managing to soak us all without us noticing until we went back into the clubhouse for the post-match drinks and snacks. H had an early finish after bashing heads with another player towards the end of his second match, for safety reasons he was not allowed to continue so we headed in and he collected his hot dog and I bought him a hot chocolate to warm him up. No sooner had he polished that off than he was asking for something else so he had a bacon bap too, just in time to greet the rest of his team who joined us in the clubhouse after their third match. He went and sat down with his team mates and laughed and chatted while I talked to the other U10s mums and dads and finished drinking my coffee.
H was disappointed to have missed the final match, but happy to have scored a try in the first game. When we got home he had a hot shower and then spent the rest of the day in his PJs relaxing after his busy morning, before finishing off his homework ready for 'back to school' after half term. I love seeing him so committed to the game, and while he still has lots to learn he always makes me proud when he puts on his team shirt.