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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 6.

So, the 2017/18 season is well and truly underway!  It feels so good to be back, although time off was good, I do miss the rugby crowd when we’re not there.

This season is going to be a bit strange for me because I have decided to embark on a new venture, a venture which was inspired by my rugby dude and my amazing sports therapist, Erin Rose, I am going to be training as a Sports Therapist.

Now I have mixed emotions about this, on the one hand I am super excited, but on the other hand I’m going to miss four sessions of rugby!  I know it’s not actually that many but the first one was this weekend, and I have to say it felt most odd, I was at college in London whilst my rugby dude was at training.  I must admit I missed it.  Best not tell everyone though hey!

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The Rugby Grandad!

Thankfully Isaac has a Rugby Grandad who stepped in to take him to training, any excuse to go down the rugby club.

 Rugby Grandad with his team 1976/77 season – he’s the one holding the ball!

The weekend was amazing and I can’t wait to get practising, the plan is to help all the kids that suffer with the usual aches and pains of any sports person, preventing injury rather than treating the injury!

So, following a Sunday where I missed training, I was cheered up when I received an email from one of Isaac’s coach’s, I’m going to quote it as it way easier than trying to explain!

“Anita, following this message from Quins, would you like to write something about Isaac?

He has been a star this pre-season, that creative dummy pass! His confidence levels and communication with his peers. Absolute example of what Quins are looking for.”

This was following on from the Harlequins Community Coaching Camp he attended in the summer, well bowled over doesn’t come close, this Rugby Mum is bursting with pride.  I knew he had made progress but when you get emails like that you know it’s not just your imagination! Super proud Rugby Mum!

Rugby Dude!

Rugby Dude!

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Coaching adventures in the USA.

Hardedge coaches Dom and Dan have blogged their diary entries for us during their amazing adventures coaching kids and other coaches in Chicago!

20th August 2017

The Countdown Begins…

Hard Edge Rugby – International Coaching was founded by Dominic Hardman & Daniel Edge in May 2017, with ambitions of providing high quality coaching clinics and to develop the game globally. On our first trip we will be working with the players and coaches of The Chiefs Rugby Team based in Chicago, USA. We first came in contact with the Chiefs over social media and met with them whilst they were on tour in the UK. Shortly after plans where discussed. With just under two weeks until we leave the excitement is building and all the hard work by Hard Edge and Tom Kean (Head Coach, Chiefs Rugby Club) is taking shape and has the makings of a hugely beneficial and exciting trip. With a minimum of 11 sessions taking place over 16 days with the possibility of a few extra we have a jam-packed schedule ahead! A key element of our programmes we offer is that we not only coach the players but we coach the coaches so we can leave a lasting impression and ensure the best training systems and drills are used moving forward. To compliment the programmes we provide fully tailored coaching manuals. We are really looking forward to working with the Chiefs Rugby Club this coming September. We will be blogging with BE Rugby Magazine regularly and will be posting on our social Media Channels. 

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The girls training hard under the skills of Hardedge Coaching

31st August 2017

48 Hours to go…

With 48 hours to go we are still confirming and planning additional sessions. We have linked up with a programme with the aim of introducing rugby to 1000 students in 9 days as part of their PE module in school. This now takes us up to roughly 17 FREE coaching sessions within the state of Illinois across all age groups and abilities. As the preparation continues and the hours countdown the enormity of this project we started in May is dawning upon us. Who would of ever thought two mates who came up with an idea one evening would be traveling to Chicago, USA 3 months later to coach rugby? But thanks to our hard work and the help of others the dream of promoting rugby and providing non-for-profit coaching would have not come together so quickly. We are really excited to be both coaching the game and getting to know the supporters, coaches and fans to gain an insight of the differences and similarities of the game in the USA. We are also looking forward to seeing the bright city lights of Chicago, College football and some high school basketball in our down time with our host families. After months of preparation, negotiations and communications we look forward to seeing our new friends in Chicago and getting down to work on a project we guarantee will be beneficial for all involved. Also, a massive thanks to BeRugby Magazine who we announced a official partnership with earlier this week. We very much look forward to working alongside each other and providing high quality coaching content. 

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Scrum in the sun!

2nd September 2017

4000 Miles from home, our first days coaching…

After a few days of settling in our first day had rolled around. Our programme started at GMS School where we would be involved in coaching over 900 children a day for 9 days. With groups ranging from 40 to 180 children we knew we had a busy few days ahead delivering rookie rugby training. After 9 sessions at GMS school we then had time to grab a quick coffee before the work with the Chiefs rugby club begun. The first session with the Chiefs was with their high school team, with their first game of the season the following Saturday we had to tailor our session to ensure we could have the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time. Our second session was with the Middle school team, we carried out a dynamic session showing some new tackle techniques and running through an adaptive attacking drill. The session was enjoyable for all and ended with an epic game of kick tennis!

On Wednesday (6th Sept) we were back at GMS School bright and early preparing for another day with over 900 children! Later that day we carried out a “Coaches coaching session” with 13 local coaches. This is one of the main reason we came to the US, to work with coaches and dedicated volunteers with genuine ambitions to grow the game and up the standard. These people are the foundation of the game around the world and give up hours of their spare time to help. We went through numerous drills and rules and created individual profiles for each coach allowing them to have the most accurate and beneficial feedback. We then typed up their notes and gave them a session to plan that they could deliver in the next two sessions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rugby adventures – kids coaching in the USA!

Earlier this month we announced an exciting partnership with Hard Edge Rugby coaching. Over the next few months we will be bringing you their great coaching tips, hints and advice.

However, they are now off to Chicago to coach in clubs and schools there, so we will be bringing you news of their experience in a regular blog until they return.

So follow the guys as they cross the pond and experience their own American dream.

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Chicago welcomes Hard Edge Rugby

48 Hours to go…

With 48 hours to go we are still confirming and planning additional sessions. We have linked up with a programme with the aim of introducing rugby to 1000 students in 9 days as part of their PE module in school. This now takes us up to roughly 17 FREE coaching sessions within the state of Illinois across all age groups and abilities. As the preparation continues and the hours count down, the enormity of this project we started in May is dawning upon us. Who would have ever thought two mates who came up with an idea one evening would be traveling to Chicago, USA 3 months later to coach rugby? But thanks to our hard work and the help of others the dream of promoting rugby and providing non-for profit coaching would have not come together so quickly. We are really excited to be both coaching the game and getting to know the supporters, coaches and fans to gain an insight of the differences and similarities of the game in the USA. We are also looking forward to seeing the bright city lights of Chicago, College football and some high school basketball in our down time with our host families. After months of preparation, negotiations and communications we look forward to seeing our new friends in Chicago and getting down to work on a project we guarantee will be beneficial for all involved. Also, a massive thanks to BeRugby Magazine who we announced an official partnership with earlier this week. We very much look forward to working alongside each other and providing high quality coaching content.

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 5.

So here it is my first blog of the 2017/18 season, only seems like yesterday I was writing my last one of the 2016/17 season!  My Sunday morning lay in will be a distant memory before I know it, oh sorry it already is!

So, for us the season started early as my dude had the opportunity to attend a three-day Harlequins Community Training Camp.  Now ordinarily I wouldn’t mind but our road has a partial road closure, this however, means that my normal ten-minute drive to our club doubles. I must say that this is now becoming slightly irritating. Still, ten weeks down, two to go!

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 4

So technically the rugby season is over, but anyone that is involved with rugby will know that it’s never really over!

The season closed with our awards ceremony weekend which was great fun.  Medals, trophies, a BBQ and games of rounder’s and parents/kids bulldog (I’m proud to say I was the last parent standing which my Mum and Dad found quite amusing as they know how competitive I am!). Well that was entertainment in itself.  It saw one of our coaches being tackled to the ground by three or four kids, much to their amusement but what they didn’t realise was he ended up revealing parts of his body reserved for his wife!  All the kids were oblivious to this, the adults watching had tears of laughter and he was mortified.  He only joined us this season. Well all I can say is ‘Welcome to the rugby family!’ 

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The life of a rugby mum. Episode 3.

So, my intention was to write this blog once a week, well that didn’t happen did it?  March is my manic month of birthdays (mine included), we all have one month of the year that is birthday mad don’t we?  Well March is mine and as much as I love rugby and I have enjoyed writing about life as a rugby Mum, the blog got put to the bottom of the to do list, with buying presents, cards, wrapping paper, organising birthday parties, etc taking priority.  But it occurred to me that we only have a few weeks left of the season and I really need to give you another instalment about the madness that is life as a rugby Mum!

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The Life of a rugby Mum. Episode 2.

Wow! That is the best word I can find to describe how I feel about the comments made on the last blog, thank you all so much for your positive feedback. It means a great deal to me.

This week I will admit that I have been struggling to find the inspiration, but your amazing support has spurred me on to write something about the fantastic training session we had this week, what a way to finish the half term.

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The life of a rugby Mum. Episode 1!

Life of a rugby Mum.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Anita and I am a rugby Mum!  I have been asked by the fab guys at BeRugby Magazine to write a blog about the life of a rugby Mum – well more specifically my life as a rugby Mum!  My son plays for our local club (Ashford RFC) and is currently in the Under 9’s or as we affectionately call them the Spitfires.  I will openly admit to you I have never done this before, but I am so excited to be part of such a fun magazine for our rugby kids!

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Preo’s Blog – Match day prep for the pro player.

An insight into match day prep for a pro player from our ambassador Adam Preocanin.

Match day preparation for most professional rugby players starts in the few days before the game, not just the night before.

You could even argue it starts in the previous weeks and months in terms of the technical and tactical preparation. In this instance, I am talking just about the physical preparedness that an individual is responsible for.

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Our brilliant photographers!

Our brilliant photographers

We don’t just use stock photos for our pages. The magazines great look and photo’s come from some extremely talented and dedicated rugby photographers. We would like to say thanks to them all.

We have put their details below. If you get a minute then check out all of their brilliant photos. A must for all rugby fans.

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