SportsTalk: Holiday programmes set to inspire
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Written by Mike Rogers, CEO, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union
Over the next two weeks, more than 400 kids will participate in our school holiday programmes, which provide the opportunity for rugby mad youngsters to experience expert coaching, team challenges and win Trainer of the Day prizes.
Held in Opotiki, Whakatane and Tauranga, these holiday programmes, aimed at both boys and girls aged between six and 12 years, are designed to teach youngsters fundamental rugby skills with an emphasis on having fun and enjoying the sport.
Both Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty holiday programmes offer their respective communities the chance for their kids to be inspired by our expert coaches from our future Steamers, the Bay of Plenty Rugby Academy players, as well as current Steamers and Volcanix players.
We also have some exciting new initiatives, which we have been trialling in our previous holiday programmes and are now a feature of the Western Bay of Plenty programme.
One initiative of note is our Girls’ Only Day. This gives girls the opportunity to lap up rugby knowledge from our Farah Palmer Cup Volcanix players and special Black Ferns guests. Not only does this allow us to grow the game, but it gives girls the chance to be exposed to rugby and develop their skills in a fun, supportive all-girl environment.
Due to the success of this initiative, discussions are underway to introduce this into the Central Bay of Plenty community next year.
Another successful pilot initiative at the Western Bay of Plenty programme is the Master Class, focusing on position-specific drills for those keen rugby enthusiasts. These skills sessions are appropriately coached by our leading Steamers and Volcanix players.
There is certainly no shortage of fun and enjoyment for both boys and girls attending their respective holiday programmes. The programmes represent the positive delivery from our fantastic staff members – Brett Johnson, Mark Seymour and Lesley Ketu – alongside their able coaches. We certainly applaud them and hope the community does too.
Looking to the future, we will be aiming to further grow and inspire our youngsters across the Bay of Plenty, with the inclusion of a Central Bay of Plenty Holiday Programme next year, which we hope the community will support.
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