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Rugbytots for local children

Tuesday March 27, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Over the next three weeks, a rugby-mad couple will be running a non-contact rugby programme for young children called Rugbytots around the Cook Islands.


Jason and Jessica Palmer, coming from Australia, have decided to donate some of their holiday time to the programme, which focuses on core rugby skills that are typically taught to children aged anywhere from two to seven.

A worldwide franchise that started in the United Kingdom, they will begin on Rarotonga this morning, before traveling to Atiu, Aitutaki and Mauke.

Apii Avarua will be the first to experience the clinic, today and tomorrow, beginning at 8.30am, with three sessions throughout the day.

From there they will travel to Enuamanu School in Atiu on April 3, Araura Primary in Aitutaki on April 5 and finally Mauke Primary on April 10.

The Palmers have owned and operated a franchise in Hervey Bay (Australia) for the past four years.

“Jason just loves running the sessions for the young kids and is more than happy to volunteer his time for a morning or afternoon to run a few classes,” said Jessica Palmer.

“Jason has been coaching rugby to young kids for four years and also coaches a local small-town men’s team in Australia. He just lives and breathes rugby!”

Usually a Rugbytots session will run for 30 minutes for ages 2-3.5 years (a parent or family member helps out with each child in this age bracket), and 45 minutes for ages 3.5-5 years and 5-7 years. 

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