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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!

Hardedge Rugby
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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire Carnegie rugby
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Great news! BeRugby forms partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie RFC

BeRugby are happy to announce our partnership with Yorkshire Carnegie RFC community department. This is a great opportunity to use rugby and our magazine to encourage reading in young people. We have always been big supporters of helping children who are struggling with reading and this was one of the many reasons we started BeRugby.

Yorkshire Carnegie has a strong community and youth ethos so they are the perfect club for us to work with and continue to encourage playing rugby in young people. We wish them all the best in this years Championship.

Below is their press release;

Yorkshire Carnegie rugbyYorkshire Carnegie community department are delighted to be forming a partnership with BeRugby magazine.

The partnership will primarily support the Rugby Readers scheme but will also benefit the wider community programme.  Affiliated clubs and schools will be able to subscribe to the magazine and those taking part in the Rugby Readers programme will receive copies for their school library.

There will be competitions throughout the year and news from the Yorkshire Carnegie community team will appear in the magazine.

Designed specifically for children, BeRugby aims to encourage them to read and learn with a sport that they love.

Lisa McCann, Yorkshire Carnegie Community Manager, commented, “We are excited to be working with BeRugby Magazine.  It is a fantastic concept and one which we are delighted to be promote to our network. We are always looking to improve our programme and this will provide additional opportunities for our clubs and schools, particularly our reading programmes.”

Chris Fuller commented, “Everyone at BeRugby kids magazine is really looking forward to working with Lisa and Yorkshire Carnegie. They are a fantastic community club with a real passion for youth and grassroots rugby which echoes our own values. Their schools programme is excellent and shows how rugby can benefit children in all walks of life.

Robshaw Quins rugby
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The healthy mentality of the professional rugby player

Another great article from our young writer Arun! He delves into what a healthy player needs to be thinking about over and above merely training hard.

As players started to turn their minds to the eagerly awaited Premiership & Championship kick-off. Most of them are just finishing a term known as “pre-season”, an action undertaken by clubs from levels 1 to 10. Pre-Season is a process where players will get back into game day shape and go through around 5 weeks of out and out strength & conditioning fitness work, before they switch to more gameplay focused work. Players will work both in the gym and on the field to try and get the edge on their opponents for the forthcoming season.

Although training well is very important, and work rate is one of the key attributes in a rugby player. Looking after your body, eating, sleeping and hydrating well is also very important.

Something I was reminded of, when on Sunday I embarked on a solo training session at my local rugby club, Dorking. Following techniques taught to me by former Lion & England man Mark Regan.

The training involved a lot of repetitive pitch sprints. Although I had taken a hat and water I hadn’t properly factored in the result the heat would do on my body and how I should stay out of the sun, when I did not need to be in it. Something that surprised me massively is how draining the sun really is, and how problems caused by it can easily be avoided through spending more time in the shade, and keeping time in the sun while exercising to a minimum.

The next topic is food, as important a topic as anything else. What you put in your body, whatever your age is one of the key factors to being a good sportsman. A diet which contains protein, non-saturated foods & isn’t too high in sugar is perfect for young athletes, especially when players want to start building a bit of muscle mass. When I say protein by no-means do I mean artificial supplements, or nutrition such as protein shakes. These are called supplements because they are to supplement your diet, so you don’t need them. Eating protein rich foods such as chicken & fish is just as good.

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Its all about the H2O!

Hydration , Hydration ,Hydration! Keeping hydrated and drinking lots of water is key to not only doing well at sports but being healthy. It is recommended for training that for every 1kg lost in sweat, 1.5 litres of water should be consumed. Not staying hydrated for training/matches, is like going for a car ride to Manchester and back with no petrol and not stopping for fill up. The way to go about staying hydrated during the day is to keep a water bottle and sugar free cordials close to hand and then when you are training consume water as well as electrolyte drinks to ensure you don’t get hydrated and can focus on what’s happening on the pitch, instead struggling through dehydration.

In conclusion, being a good sportsman and healthy person does not just include being good at sports, or training with a high work rate. It includes eating, sleeping and drinking well and following a basic healthy principle as well as focusing on a diet enabling development of a stronger body but not forgetting that this can be attained through natural sources and does not need to include supplements.

 

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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.

Rugby Mum
BeRugby Blog

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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Silver lined cloud
Youth Rugby

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Year 8, common entrance, teenage life and of course the pinnacle of senior prep school rugby. Whilst all of these events occur during this year, there is another factor that is the point of this piece.

That is that year 8, or in rugby terms the under 13s, marks the start of the RFU academy system where all 14 RFU funded academies start recruiting the stars of tomorrow. Whilst for the players selected this brings joy and a feeling of pride amongst them and their family, for those unselected or unsuccessful at trials it can provide a negative effect on their lives and added stress to the already busy lives of common entrance and entrance exam studying 12 to 13-year olds.

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Planet Rugby
Youth Rugby

The wonderful world of Planet Rugby

Sometimes we receive some brilliant things at BeRugby Magazine and we just have to share them with our great readers and followers. This is definitely one of them.

For his homework, 9 year old Jacob was set a task. “Imagine you have discovered a new planet in space. Write a fact file about it.

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Rugby Rucksacks
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Exciting new sports rucksacks!

Introducing Sportpax: an exciting new line of sports-themed backpacks for kids. These bags are original, fun and strong. Perfect for your rugby and sports mad kids and we have a great BeRugby discount!

Read on for this brilliant offer and get your kids their own original backpack for a birthday, as a gift or just because you love them and they love rugby!

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