Bath Rugby Community Team organised a teacher training session on Wednesday 21st March at Wells RFC as part of the MBNA Tackling Numbers Numeracy Programme in an effort to broaden both interest and participation in the game. On what has to be one of the wettest and coldest evenings eight teachers braved the conditions to take part in a hands on session in the hope that core rugby skills will be transferred to the local schools and eventually unearth the next generation of English talent.
Aligned to the national curriculum and PE syllabus, the Teacher Education Programme specifically focuses on giving teachers the tools they need to develop the basics of rugby within local schools. The three hour course for members of staff at participating schools includes a number of practical based activities including, warm ups, handling drills, small sided games, playing tag rugby and refereeing. Each participating school will also be provided with a tag rugby resource booklet along with balls and tag sets.
Steve Middleton, Bath Rugby Community Rugby Manager said: "There's no doubt that some of the most famous sporting careers have been kick-started by an inspirational teacher or coach. If we can provide teachers with the core skills to coach rugby in schools then we'll have more youngsters playing the game and that can only be good for rugby. That's what the MBNA Tackling Numbers Programme is all about – reaching a broader audience?"
Kim Eaton teacher at Horrington Primary, Wells said: "I think the majority of teachers are sometimes quite nervous about coaching a sport, especially when they've had no previous training. Having community coaches from Bath Rugby explain and demonstrate the core skills of rugby have really helped and I think tag rugby is a fantastic game for young kids and can play a vital role in their development."
A massive thanks to Wells RFC for allowing Bath Rugby Community Department to use their fantastic facilities and in particular David Maxwell for all his help in organising the event!