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Rugby development programme for 2½ to 3½ years

Our rugby development programme for 2½ to 3½ year olds are based around the basic levels of movement and getting children to understand their bodies as well as introductions into catching and passing of rugby skills.

At this age we do not expect children to be side-stepping, passing 20 meters or dropping kicking goals. It’s about introducing children to a sport and a lifestyle that goes far beyond the field. We aim to teach children about positive attitudes, positive lifestyle choices and to help them develop into a holistic individual.

Unlike many other activities for kids at this age we define children’s rugby activities by providing a bespoke programme that has been specifically developed to improve and guide children in their learning of basic rugby skills. We also encourage other areas of learning such as colours, numbers, speaking and listening skills, visuals and critical thinking.

All RugbyBugs development programmes:

  • are for both boys and girls.
  • provide an ideal introduction to rugby fundamentals
  • based on the skill theme approach
  • have classes and coach ratios – consistent with childcare standards and guidelines
  • prepare children for organised sport disciplines and routines
  • challenge each child relative to their ability rather than against blindly elitist standards
  • introduce children to vital social skill development experiences and team sport concepts
  • operate in a nurturing, supportive, warm, caring and non-threatening manner
  • involve the use of safe, child friendly equipment and are deliberately non-elitist

Physical development skills underpin much of children’s development; it supports personal, social and emotional development as increasing physical control provides experiences of the self as an active agent in the environment, promoting growth in confidence and awareness of control. Rugby for children is perfect for this while offering a really fun activity.

The Early Learning Goals (taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS), which is statutory for all early years’ providers, focus on two key area of learning and development for physical development;

Moving and Handling:
kids can show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Many off our selected games show kids how to use and improve their coordination, such as how to throw the rugby ball in many different ways.

Children move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Moving safely and learning new ways to move aroun, while being aware of your surroundings comes in to play for all our bugs during our rugby programme.

They handle equipment and tools effectively. Our main focus is ensuring that children are given the opportunity through skilled coaches to learn effectively how to handle the rugby ball, and all other equipment used.

Moving and Handling Health and Self;
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise a healthy diet and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe; All of our rugby classes have special time dedicated to explaining and showing children in importance of exercise and diet and the things that they can continue to do at home.

That children manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dress and going to the toilet independently. All our little bugs are encouraged to dress themselves and getting and out of their rugby kit is great practice. Children also love to copy their peers and having fellow RugbyBugs around them, (who will all be at different developmental stages) will only give them more confidence and encouragement to be more independent.

For more information about the EYFS and the early learning goals please click here.




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