RUGGERBUGS unique “Head Start” ™Programme is a structured physical play programme that assists with your child’s Early Years Foundation Stage Development by incorporating fundamental skills through “Running, Jumping, Catching and Throwing” age specific games
Can parents participate?
In our Ants class which is the youngest we advise 100% parent participation.
In the Ladybird class which is 3-4 years old, your RUGGERBUG will need some parent participation however we do suggest to try and give them some space to build their confidence.
In the Beetles and Grasshopper classes, there is very little parent participation although the coaches might ask you to get involved for one game to make it FUN for the RUGGERBUGS or to provide an extra challenge!
Do you give parents feedback on how their child is doing?
At RUGGERBUGS our coaches have a really good relationship with the parents and parents should feel confident to be able to ask the coaches how their RUGGERBUG is getting on.
We also give out stickers at the end of each session to reward the RUGGERBUGS on their progress and effort for that class.
We also have a Sidney skills awards that is a check list of what your child should be able to do by the time they move up to the next class.
The Sidney skills award should be spoken about with the coach and it gives the RUGGERBUG small goals to be able to achieve.
How many children do you have in a class?
We aim for 16 children per class with two coaches.
What is the ratio of boys to girls?
In the Ants and Ladybirds classes, approximately 30% are girls.
In the Beetles and Grasshoppers, this drops to around 20%.
How serious is the coaching element?
The coaching element is very important in RUGGERBUGS sessions. The class will probably be the first structured play they done before so as well as having FUN the RUGGERBUGS learn our core skills which are Respect, Teamwork, Discipline and Camaraderie.
In the Beetles and Grasshopper classes, the sessions start to add more of a tag rugby element to them as the RUGGERBUGS start to learn the tag rugby rules.
Have you had any feedback for children who have progressed from RUGGERBUGS?
We have found though parent and mini rugby coaches feedback that RUGGERBUGS that complete the “Head Start Programme” have a significantly higher skill set than children that have not gone through the programme.
Our aim for when the RUGGERBUGS leave us is that they can catch and pass on the move, take a tag and score a try which we are confident that 100% of our RUGGERBUGS can do when they leave and move to a rugby club.
Whilst actively promoting grass roots rugby for boys and girls we also recognises that rugby may not be for everyone, so the physical and social skills it promotes also transfer into sports such as Netball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis and many more.
Will my child automatically move up to the older age group?
Once your child is old enough, you will get an email from head office advising when you can move up to the next class.
The coaches at the centre will also be notified about the move up.
If the class is full your RUGGERBUG will be a priority and as soon as a space becomes available the move up occurs.
I have something that I wish to feed back or am unhappy about?
We always welcome and value feedback and input from our RUGGERBUGS Parents!
If you have a concern or query and feel it is appropriate, speak to the Lead coach at the centre in which they can try to resolve this and if needs be they can contact the head office and fix the matter.
If however, it isn’t appropriate to speak to the lead coach or you feel the matter is over their head then please contact the Head Office on 01279 797 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in which the company directors will deal with the matter.
Can I take photos and videos?
Yes you can however please ensure it is just your child in the photo or video as not everyone is comfortable with their children being in other people photos or videos.
Can I bring a sibling?
Siblings are allowed to attend the sessions but should sit on the side-line. We recommend that you bring some entertainment for them during the class such as a colouring book.
If the sibling is older and sensible they can help the RUGGERBUG take part in the class, however if they are a hindrance or take part themselves they will be asked to sit out.
Parents with younger siblings can wear carriers so that they are still able to actively participate.
Please note that siblings are not covered for insurance purposes, if your child has an accident they will not be insured.