I’m a true believer that it takes a village to raise a child and the rugby pitch is an important place in the village of my world.
Week-in, week-out, rain, wind, or snow I watch the coaches giving their all to our children. They volunteer their time, invest their hearts and their passion, and give their everything to bring out the best in the individual players. What the coaches deliver goes way beyond rugby, and has a lasting impact off the pitch.
BRM caught up with two of Harlequin’s best young players, Gabriel Ibitoye and Aaron Morris, whilst they were at the launch of Project Rugby’s partnership with Gallagher.
Launched in 2017, Project Rugby is run jointly by Premiership Rugby and England Rugby allowing rugby to reach new communities and put the benefits of playing the sport on the agenda for many participants for the first time. The ground-breaking initiative has been one of the success stories of English rugby with more than 20,000 participants introduced to the game so far.
It’s tour weekend!! I’m sitting on a coach, exhausted, on my way back from another epic Syston Minis tour. I was one of 250 parents, players, and coaches who converged on sunny Bournemouth for three days of rugby fun and shenanigans!
This was an especially memorable trip for the U12s, as it’s the last Minis tour before we become Juniors next season. As you can imagine, it was very lively. But while I would love to divulge some of the madness that actually went on…what goes on tour, stays on tour.
While we were recently at Allianz Park we bumped into Nick Isiekwe and Ben Spencer. The Saracens lock and scrum half kindly agreed to answer a few quick questions for us. Top lads!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and my social media is bombarded with pictures of kids making breakfast to be served in bed, and cute afternoon teas…
For rugby mums however, this is far from reality.
I was pulled aside this morning by my son’s Coach, Lee, affectionally known as Winto. “Nima, fancy a real treat for Mother’s Day next week?” He grinned cheekily, towering over me. For a moment I had visions of a transformed Clubhouse…of a beautiful afternoon tea laid out on round tables. I even ventured to imagine the mums being served by our boys, all nice and clean, in crisp white shirts and Syston ties.
Thank you to the team at BeRugby Mag for trusting me and letting me loose on their blog. My name is Nima Suchak, and while I have been a pitch-side mumsy cheerleader for the last seven years, unlike some of the real rugby pundits at BRM Towers, I’m still ‘learning on the job’.
My son has been playing for Syston RFC since he was five, and is now in the U12s. My daughter is 10, and has been playing for Leicester Tigers Swifts for the past year (I’ll fill you in on what she’s doing another week!).
On International Women’s Day, Gallagher — community insurance broker, title partner of Premiership Rugby and now official partner of Project Rugby — has unveiled new research that proves playing sport has a positive impact on young women’s confidence and self-esteem.
If Glasgow’s Adam Hastings did not already know just how far and wide the ‘Warrior Nation’ spread across Scotland, he had his eyes opened when he made a cameo appearance in front of nearly 6,000 fans in the pre-season friendly against Harlequins in Perth during August.
And now the 21-year-old stand-off cannot wait to run out at a packed out Scotstoun throughout the next few months, believing the home supporters have a massive part to play in the team’s Guinness PRO14 and European journey in the coming months.