I am very thrilled that Sunny Days is now offering a rugby experience to the children, in partnership with RugbyTots.

It reminds me of my rugby career and I wonder why I didn’t think of doing this before! 

I played rugby for 50 years from age 5 to 55. Adrian Downton my first-school teacher introduced me to touch rugby at St Osmunds. I developed a keen interest in rugby encouraged by Adrian in my junior years. RIP fond memories Adrian.

I played for my home-town rugby team for many years and my family joked that my blood must be ‘green and white’! So many happy memories of those years playing for Dorchester RFC. 

Our son Luc started his rugby playing career aged 5 for Dorchester minis, including a memorable Dublin rugby tour, and now plays senior rugby for the green and whites.

David and Luc Scadden in the green and white hoops of Dorchester RFC

A strength of rugby as a sport is our code of conduct and behaviour, dressing smartly to turn up for a rugby match is fundamental, to respect your competitors, respect your team, respect the referee, respect rugby, and your own self-respect.

David and Luc Scadden in Dorchester RFC rugby ties 
ready to go on match day

The rugby experience teaches young children a great set of values and behaviours.

RESPECT

One of the key values and foundations of rugby. Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We hold the utmost respect for our referees and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our team, our coaches, and those who run our clubs and we treat our clubhouses with care and consideration. 

ENJOYMENT

Enjoyment, another fundamental key value, is the reason we play and support rugby. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We also use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players, help them have fun, and we enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family. 

FAMILY and RUGBY

Easily and comfortably go hand-in-hand. Rugby welcomes and embraces families on all levels. Families enjoy rugby together across the globe in 101 countries, members of our family association the International Rugby Board (IRB). Rugby people enjoy a world-wide family. For example, I toured Aussie in 1986 and knocked on the door of the local rugby club everywhere I went, always got a warm friendly family welcome, BBQ, cold beer, a bed, and a rugby game.

As a family us Scaddens are rugby supporters, this is Joy and David at the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony 2015 Twickenham stadium

You can see the opening ceremony

Luc and David match ready for an England game

Modern rugby nowadays has girls and boys playing at Dorchester, and as you know there’s many very successful women’s teams including our own English Red Roses.

Modern rugby attends carefully and caringly to players safety. Children’s rugby starts with no contact, and uses touch rugby rather than tackling, training and development is packed with fun and enjoyment, safety, teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship.

TEAMWORK

Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly, working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.

DISCIPLINE

Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary rules and systems, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the rugby laws and regulations and report serious breaches.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We totally ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.

I am very thrilled that Sunny Days is now offering a rugby experience to the children, in partnership with Rugby Tots.

Rugby for young children is aligned to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learning goals.

The rugby experience improves children’s physical health, communication and social skills, builds self-esteem and confidence, develops team-work and leadership skills, reaping benefits for the their future.

Children need to lose, which the rugby experience teaches children how to accept. It’s character building, good practice for life, and helps children to learn they’ll get over it and he/she needs to know that. They are told “well done, good game, better luck next time”.

Children need to win, because it feels good, and they learn there are rewards for their efforts, for their dedication to training and trust in their team. They experience a sense of achievement and confidence which supports their emotional wellbeing. A child is told “well done, good game, now shake hands with your opposition” 

Win or lose, the rugby experience teaches children respect and acceptance of the result. It’s fun!

Children learn valuable life lessons playing rugby, laying the foundations for their futures. 

The rugby experience provides many positive role models, and they make lifelong friends.

I wonder why I didn’t think of doing this before! I take my hat off and respect Luc and Aimée who are leading this new initiative at Sunny Days for all children to enjoy the health benefits and all the values of this fantastic team sport.

This is what RUGBY TOTS say …

Make your child’s development more fun!

Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

Our motto

Our motto is simple; “make it more fun”. We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.

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