ABOUT OUR CLASSES

ANTS (18MTHS – 3YRS)

RUN, JUMP, CATCH and THROW!

RUGGERBUGS understands that for many children this may be their first venture into a regular structured activity with other children.

At this stage there are no expectations that your child will be able to understand or complete  the activities. The aim is to start introducing them to sport in a FUN and positive way.

When you first start you may find all they want to do is run around the new environment or sit and watch. This is normal behaviour and after a few weeks of positive encouragement and support they will start to develop their understanding, skills and confidence to complete the games and take part.

As a parent you will be actively involved by working directly with your child to help them understand and take part in developing their basic motor skills (balance, co-ordination and agility) through FUN and exciting running, jumping, catching and throwing games.

At this stage the focus is on developing your child’s co-ordination through the use of child friendly equipment, learning different ways to move around, negotiating safe space and enhancing your relationship.

Valuable Life Skills such as communication, sharing and listening are also gently introduced through the programme’s “Skills4Life” enabling your child to develop social skills and confidence as well as introducing learning elements such as colours and numbers  through the sessions.

A bespoke Size 2 ball is introduced to enable your child to learn how to hold it properly as well as colourful scarves, bean bags, tennis balls and lots of other equipment to ensure every child has plenty of FUN.

LADYBIRDS (3YRS-4YRS)

RUN, JUMP, CATCH and SCORE!

Moving into LADYBIRDS your child’s skills, confidence and stamina continue to be developed through the introduction of FUN repetitive games inspired by rugby.

Whilst parent participation is still encouraged, your child is becoming more independent and able to complete many of the activities on their own or learning as part of a group. You may now find yourself watching from the side-lines but always on hand to give a bit of support or encouragement when needed.

Basic motor skills developed in the ANTS class are now enhanced with more challenging Skills, Drills and Games.

At this stage the focus is on enhancing their co-ordination through the use of child friendly equipment, the use of a rugby ball and spatial awareness.

As your child’s spatial awareness grows more specific rugby based skills are introduced (catching, passing, scoring a try, Kicking a rugby ball, evasion and footwork) along with the concept of Teamwork through interaction with others during the FUN and exciting sessions.

“Skills 4 Life” are further developed and enhanced as their social skills and self-esteem increase.

A bespoke Size 2 ball continues to be used to enable your child to learn how to hold it properly as well as colourful scarves, bean bags, tennis balls and lots of other equipment to ensure every child has plenty of FUN.

BEETLES (4YRS-5YRS)

RUN, CLAP, CATCH and SCORE!

Progressing into BEETLES your child will now be developing “buckets” of confidence and self-esteem and you can take a well-earned rest on the side-lines.

Basic motor skills developed through the programme are now enhanced with more challenging Skills, Drills and Games sequences. These become more autonomous to further develop your child’s co-ordination, body awareness and controlled movements.

At this stage the focus is on applying what they have learnt to perform activities through planning and evaluation of their actions to understand and improve their game. The basics of Tag Rugby and laws of the games are now gently introduced with the emphasis of FUN still very much at the heart of the session.

If your child has progressed through the RUGGERBUGS programme you will now start to see all physical and social elements of the programme coming together with positive results.

The rugby based skills (catching, passing, scoring a try, Kicking a rugby ball, space and evasion) and techniques are now more challenging and your child will be displaying positive Teamwork and Sportmanship skills through small team games and activities.

Within the RUGGERBUGS environment this provides FUN opportunities for your child to be creative and make choices when faced with different challenges as an individual or part of a small group / team.

As well as the physical skills your child is now honing their listening and communication skills by taking direction and independent social interaction to further enhance their confidence, self –esteem and decision making, providing great preparation for school and mini rugby ahead.

GRASSHOPPERS (5YRS -6YRS)

RUN, CATCH, TAG and PASS!

As one of the oldest your child has nearly completed the RUGGERBUGS “Head Start” Programme and may have already started school.

During these sessions the focus is on more demanding Skills, Drills and Games to benefit the maturing child and bring together all the elements of our programme before they graduate.

At some of the centres, these sessions run as separate classes or combined with the BEETLES class.

At this stage the focus is on applying what they have learnt to perform activities through planning and evaluation of their actions to understand and improve their game. The basics of Tag Rugby and laws of the games are now gently introduced with the emphasis of FUN still very much at the heart of the session.

If your child has progressed through the RUGGERBUGS programme you will now start to see all physical and social elements of the programme coming together with positive results.

The rugby based skills (catching, passing, scoring a try, Kicking a rugby ball, space and evasion) and techniques are now more challenging and your child will be displaying positive Teamwork and Sportmanship skills through non-contact basic tagging and evasion games.

Within the RUGGERBUGS environment this provides FUN opportunities for your child to be creative and make choices when faced with different challenges as an individual or part of a small group / team.

As well as the physical skills your child is now honing their listening and communication skills by taking direction and independent social interaction to further enhance their confidence, self –esteem and decision making, providing great preparation for school and mini rugby ahead.

These FUN sessions provides a pre-cursor to the RFU Continuum (New rules). The children will develop their running, passing and scoring technique as well as their decision making, both in attack and defence and enables a seamless transition to the four sided game of Tag Rugby when they progress to their local rugby club.

introducing core values of sport

At RUGGERBUGS we offer so much more than just “Rugby Classes”.

We feel it is really important to try to instill the core values of sport into a child from an early age.

Here are our Company Core Values which every class has running through the programme.

Fun

is central to our creation.

Our programme has been developed to ensure everyone has FUN creating, teaching and learning to be healthy and active.
We safeguard our teams to ensure they enjoy their roles and act as positive role models to the children.

Teamwork

is essential to our success.

Our teams make up our family. Each team member has an important part to play in the operation of our business.
Working together and respecting each person is key to their individual and business success.

Repsect

is the true value of our company.

Our Team members respect their peers and value their opinions and views. We respect our suppliers and work with them to achieve win-win relationships.
We respect our customers (current and previous) and value their opinions and views.is central to our creation.

Discipline

underpins the values of our business.

We operate inclusive and exciting business opportunities in an equal, fair and honest environment, whilst supporting our disciplinary systems to protect and uphold our values.

Camaradarie

is a tradition we encompass.

We observe and promote “fair play” across our company. We develop and build lasting relationships. We celebrate our successes and are dignified in defeat. We aim to win but do so in a professional manner.

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