What is Introduction to Contact Rugby?
These FUNdamental sessions are designed to facilitate the transition from Tag Rugby to Contact Rugby; normally at the Under 8s to Under 9s age-groups. This progression is a big step for young players, coaches and teachers alike. Our Introduction to Contact Rugby can aid the transition and lead to an increased level of confidence where children will learn a whole range of new skills such as:
How do the children develop by taking part?
Experienced players and new players to the game are challenged and rewarded alike by our experienced coaching staff in a safe, active, purposeful and enjoyable player-centered environment. The programme delivery incorporates the London Wasps Community Foundation Grassroots Pillar of Activity main development themes for young people, while promoting the Rugby Football Union’s Core Values:
When is the Introduction to Contact Rugby provided?
This service can be provided for a whole year group or just your rugby team as part of your commitment to ensuring safe practices are coached at this FUNdamental stage of each player's development. Most schools and clubs would want this type of session at the start of the season to to introduce the new skills, or as part of a programme of revision exercises based on "doing the simple things well". In our experience, players and teams do not practice basic tackle technique enough to become competent defenders.
How does your school benefit from these sessions?
The main priority for every school is to ensure that young players are coached the basics of Contact Rugby in a player-centred environment that promotes safety throughout each and every stage of the technical progressions. The added benefit for your school is the development of confidence and enjoyment within young players to increase the opportunity of lifelong participation. This type of session can be part of your school's involvement in our Independent Schools Programme at all levels to provide your players with increased opportunities to develop their skills, game understanding and decision-making. Teachers and coaches will be able to take many aspects of the training and use within your school sessions.
Schools should be prepared to offer either funded sessions, part-funded sessions or large group ticket sales-linked sessions to become involved in this initiative. Coaching delivery will concentrate on the development of core skills through enjoyable activity; promoting participation in grass roots rugby and support for London Wasps. Our local Community Partner rugby clubs will be utilised as 'pathways' for participating children to continue their rugby playing careers during out of school time.