JUNIOR REPORT: Indoor facilities are proving vital

Tomasz Chadwick's Junior Report
Tomasz Chadwick's Junior Report

As you can imagine, continuous heavy rain has somewhat lessened our rugby activity over the last week, but we’re fairly optimistic that in the next fortnight, we’ll have seen the back of this wet spell and can continue to regularly train and play fixtures once again.

Despite waiting for the weather to settle, every weekend we are seeing the benefits of having our very own sports hall and other indoor facilities here.

The children are able to continue training without fear of being too cold and our coaches have license to use other forms of coaching methods to bring out the best in our youth.

A parent even mentioned to me on Sunday that being able to sit inside and watch their child was also a fantastic bonus to our facilities here.

As very few, (unsurprisingly) would want to brave the cold outside on a Sunday morning.

We’re very proud of our coaches for their creativity and knowledge they offer the players that come to this club, with so many varying exercises and training methods keeping the players interested and stimulated despite them training indoor.

I’ve included a few pictures this week of some of the activities our younger ones have been getting up to despite our outdoor pitches being a little too wet to train on.

Over the last few weeks, the Active Youth Scheme has been present in Lindhead and Wykeham primary schools.

On our first day in Wykeham Primary School, a little girl walked over and told me not to expect too much from her in the session because “rugby scares me and I’m not very good at it”.

This week it was our final session there and what was so nice to see was this same girl getting as involved as everyone else.

I spoke to her after the session and asked her if she still thought it was scary and she said “it’s not actually scary at all, I just didn’t know what it really was.”

This is not an uncommon problem.

Many people (children especially) may see rugby or hear friends talking about it and at times it can put them off every trying it, for fear of the unknown.

But at a young age, where contact isn’t allowed, and tag belts are used for tackling, the sport is a brilliant grounding for any child to stay healthy and learn valuable skills for later on in life.

What’s important is that these children have a chance to take part in the sport and understand that it isn’t as scary as it’s perceived, and this is how the Active Youth Scheme can help – by breaking barriers that prevent participation in the sport.

This Sunday, provided the weather holds, we have fixtures for most of our junior teams at home, and all will be kicking off at 11am.

Please feel free to come down and support the youth of the town.

In the coming months Scarborough RUFC will be hosting more primary school tag rugby tournaments and following the success of the previous occasion there may even be another junior girls rugby tournament too.

For any updates or information on future events, keep reading this article or check out our website for all the goings on here at Silver Royd.

Thanks for reading,

Tomasz.