As someone who has always had a love of sport, I started playing rugby at 6 years old. My mum & dad were really keen for me to channel my energy into something different. Oh yeah, and I was also rather large for my age (must have been my love for biscuits), so rugby seemed to be the obvious solution. To me, rugby offers so much more than just 80 minutes of blood sweat and tears.
It teaches discipline, respect and gives an opportunity to build friendships that will last a lifetime. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, where you come from or what colour skin you have, rugby is all about being part of a team and working alongside people who want to achieve the same goal. Nope, not just winning, but having FUN!
The Junior Blues play at Bedford Athletic Rugby Club which is located on Wentworth Drive and train every Sunday from September 1st until the end of April (excluding holiday periods). A fantastic scheme that they are offering to new players is called “Give Rugby A Try” – this is where you can bring along your children and let them train and use the facilities for 1 month for absolutely FREE!
Rugby, of course, is not for everyone and being part of this scheme allows parents to minimise the risk of paying the yearly membership fee only to find their child doesn’t want to pay any more. Allowing your child to play for 1 month to give them a chance to see if they enjoy it or not is definitely something you should take advantage of.
The ethos of this Club is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for kids of all ages to learn and improve this wonderful game. Every age group has RFU qualified Coaches. The message that is sent is loud and clear from the RFU, and one that I repeat now, as should the Coaches, is that Rugby must be fun. The win at all cost ethics has no place at the Junior Blues. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with winning, but success must be measured by the simple enjoyment of the players, their improvement in their individual and team skills as well as by the results on the field of play.