The sport of Rugby in South Africa is serious business. The game in South Africa ranks second to France in the world when it comes to the number of registered players. So it is important for schools to have established teams. The sport teaches kids a number of life skills including integrity, loyalty, discipline and good sportsmanship. Rugby in South Africa is the ultimate team sport.
More Benefits of offering Rugby at Schools
- Motor and Co-ordination Skills
- Social and Teamwork Skills
Rugby helps to develop confidence and schools should encourage participants to play the game in a safe and respectful way. School Rugby is there to grow a child’s passion for the game. Not only does the game of rugby develop their physical skills, but also helps to have a major effect on all other aspects of academic life. Kids of all ages can participate in the game; there are many programmes that cater for children from 3 years of age. Kids at school also play rugby for different reasons; some want to develop their skills so that they can reach a higher level and others just want to enjoy a favorite national team sport. Ultimately, Rugby is a wonderful way for school children to get and stay fit and healthy.
Schools can teach the basic techniques and practices of the game, such as:
- Knowing the tactical and technical aspects of the game of rugby
- Ensuring that there is respect for rules
- Introducing proper tackling techniques and contact situations and condemning any aggressive behavior.
- To understand and know all safety precautions and movements that prevent injuries.
- Creating respect for all rival teams
- To be aware that winning is not everything and that it is more important how the game was played.
- School Rugby is definitely a good place to start if you want to become the next Bryan Habana or Elton Jantjies.