Rugby has been long known as a team sport that develops huge camaraderie, engenders a sense of self-worth and encourages life skills such as leadership, generosity, respect and loyalty.
Our rugby club is a family-friendly, hospitable environment where the actions of the group is held in higher regards than the actions of the individual.
In the long term, the idea of controlled aggression, and respect for the physical aspect of the game is something that can benefit all. It can be a rough game but when played in the spirit of the sport, this element of Rugby can help teach a discipline and mutual understanding of fairness and what is right and wrong.
Alongside these traits, the health and fitness benefits of playing Rugby are outstanding. Some fairly obvious yet major physical benefits of playing Rugby.
Is rugby dangerous?
It has been widely debated in the media whether rugby is in fact a dangerous sport for children, but according to experts, rugby is in fact one of the best disciplines you can offer to a child. Up to the age of 9, it is a non-contact sport, whereby touch or flag rugby is played. Between the ages of 9 and 11 children are then taught how to tackle and start getting into contact, but it is not until high school that rugby becomes a tackle sport.
Rugby provides children with equal opportunities to run with the ball, pass with the ball and play defence. Unlike football, it’s much harder for a 7-a-side game to be dominated by one really good player, you need everyone to participate, and because of that nobody gets left out.
The rules promote safety
The teaching of safe tackling and safe contact in rugby is a must. In fact, Rugby has long since promoted safety across all sports in general. For example, all the talk in football about changing how players tackle has come from rugby while concussion protocol in sports has been led using approaches rugby teams have used for years such as mandatory and strict stand-down times.
Morals and ethics
All children who participate in rugby are taught to respect their coaches and referees. Children are encouraged to play in a fair manner and accept the role of the referee, which can be illustrated by looking at the excellent officiating from the group of World Cup 2015 referees. The referees set a great example to sport in general in relation to how a game should be played. When foul play did take place, the offending player was called over and responded immediately, keeping quiet while he was spoken to by the referee – illustrating how skills of discipline and self-control are considered pivotal to the success of the game.
Creativity is encouraged
Creativity and problem solving are both high on the agenda for children learning to play rugby. During the game, players will learn how to make tricky decisions which will in turn help them to gain confidence as they learn the rules of the game. Through rugby, children can develop the capability to analyse and deduce general principles in life which can in turn boost their mental, social and physical agility.
Social skills are developed
Rugby is a highly social sport with plenty of interaction between team members. Players will learn how to work well as a team and will think about how decisions that are made will benefit not just themselves, but also their peers. Rugby also teaches children that there are boundaries and rules which need to be followed and provides children with responsibilities.
- Rugby Improves Fitness – Current World Health Organization recommendations suggest that the average person should get around 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise five days a week, but expanding waistlines across the world indicate that not everyone is meeting this goal. But it’s not just about avoiding getting fat. Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, taking the lives of 3.2 million people each year. Playing rugby represents a fantastic way to get off the couch and get active.
- Playing Rugby Builds Discipline – Rugby requires a high degree of preparation, and through participation in structured training and playing a regular game schedule, rugby can develop key mental skills of self control and discipline.
- Rugby Can Reduce Stress – Prolonged long-term stress can damage molecules in the body, aging us before our time, and stress has even been linked to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and dementia. Sports like rugby can assist in reducing stress, and the release of endorphins alone is enough to lift moods and help aid a better night’s sleep.
- Participation In Rugby Can Prevent Risky Behavior In Adolescents – Sport doesn’t just assist kids by providing them with discipline, improved self-esteem and more positive body image. There is a large body of scientific evidence that has gone on to show that kids who participate in rugby and sports in general are far less likely to smoke cigarettes or take drugs as they can see that doing so can have a detrimental effect on their health and their ability to perform.