Youngsters learn rugby skills

Friday August 18, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Determined young players such as Pukitiva Timoti (7) and Clayton Pitomaki (6) will benefi t from learning rugby skills at a young age. 17081733 Determined young players such as Pukitiva Timoti (7) and Clayton Pitomaki (6) will benefi t from learning rugby skills at a young age. 17081733

This Saturday will see the second Get into Rugby (GIR) programme at Ngatangiia Field.

 

The popular programme aims to develop rugby skills among the younger generation.

GIR president Eddie Teraitua said the programme was particularly important to the younger generation for developing skills, as previous generations had not had access to this kind of early training.

“It’s a great chance at development for this generation,” Teraitua said. “Back in my day, you sort of had to learn on your own, but with a programme like this, you can learn with other kids of a similar age.

“And we also try to emphasise development first, winning second. Because winning is not the most important thing.”

The first GIR session was held on August 4, Constitution Day, to coincide with the Cook Islands vs Tahiti test match.

Despite the weather and the closing of Te Maeva Nui, the turnout was promising, though Teraitua expects attendance this Saturday will exceed the previous session.

At this stage the committee members of GIR are unsure how frequently the programme will be run, though the turnout will go a long way to making that decision.

Starting from 12.30, boys and girls between the ages of six and 12 are invited to participate in Rippa Rugby, with bus transport provided and a sausage sizzle to follow.

Following the sausage sizzle will be contact rugby for U13s, something that Teraitua believes is what young players want.

“When it comes to contact, some parents may not want their young boy or girl to participate so they put them in soccer. I don’t blame the parents, but I don’t think that you should control your children (in this regard),” Teraitua explained.

“When you tell a 15-year-old that he can’t play contact sport, he won’t be back the next day. So you have to give them what they want.

“We’ve also told them about the dangers of the sport, so they know what they’re doing.” 

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