“It might look like herding cats - but its about inspiring our future sporting heros.”
We try to run a ratio of at least one adult to every 5 or 6 players, with one/two spare coaches moving pitches. We find this helps the players get the most fun out of the session and you’ll see the most improvement. At the moment, we’ve got an enthusiastic core coaching team who are all engaged with developing our children as players and themselves as coaches - all of which are u6 parents. Whilst it might look like chaotic fun, we are working hard to plan games and activities to inspire our children to be future lovers of sport as well as developing rugby skills.
Yet, there isn’t enough of us to run the ratios to deliver the best sessions every week. We really need regular help, to make sure our children finish the session, and more importantly the season, “loving it”.
The good news is that we aren’t asking you to give up masses of time - just to dive in for the same amount of time that you would spend watching from the touchline - even if it’s only one week in four. We need:
- Regular “on-pitch” help. Adults happy to run about on a pitch, with another coach, helping the activity to flow. You don’t need to be a career rugby player! Caution: this is loads of fun AND great for your fitness - oh its usual quality time with your child to - although we can keep you apart!
- Assault course helpers - It’s an activity we use a lot for 1:1 technique / skills. One or two helpers allow the coaches to drive the activity and achieve more.
If you’d be happy to help us make the sessions even better, please drop me (Rob) a note so that we can re-establish our list of parent heros! (Forgive me - if you have helped already, please still drop me a note. I’m busy learning 50-60 players names I haven’t got round to all the parent ones yet!)
Updated 11:29 - 19 Sep 2018 by Rob Burdon