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importont

ospect

of

our troining ond is

reheorsed

over

ond

over ogoin throughout

the

seoson." At

Molvern

College,

there

is on

emphosis

ploced

on

ploying smoller

sided

conditioned

gomes

ond

non-contoct decision moking gomes.

And

Richord

Ferley

from

Sibford

School soys,

"We poy

greot

ottention

to

troining

before ollowing

ony

ployers

to

get

involved

in

contoct

sport. We

would

never

encouroge ony ployer

to

get

involved

in o

contoct

gome until they were

reody

to

do

so."

Bill

Willioms

of

Burford

School ogrees:

"We

keep

the

gome sofe through close

monitoring

of

contoct situctions

ond

strict

odherence

to

the

lows

of the

gome.

Good

teoching ond

cooching,

in

which

students develop

progressively,

enoble

students

to

build up

their

skills

ond moke

use of

tockle bogs before contoct

is

permitted.

Sofety

is

poromount

ond

mouth

guords

ond

protective

heodgeor ore strongly encouroged."

At

Sibford School, stoff

ensure

thot

pupils of

similor obilities

olwoys ploy

ogoinst eoch other.

So,

for

exomple, in

o

PE

session,

they would poir

teom

ployers

up

ogoinst eoch

other

rother

thon

ogoinst

non-teom

ployers.

The

school's Richord

Ferley

odds, "We clso ensure

thot

we keep

up

to

dote with

chonges

in

guidonce.

So,

for

exomple,

protocols

for

reporting

ond monitoring

possible concussions

in

sport hove chonged

recently.

As port

of

this,

should

o

ployer suffer concussion

in

o

motch

we

would

ensure

thot oll

stoff were owore

so

thot

he/

she

could be

monitored

in

ond

oround

the

school

over

the

next

few

doys os symptoms

of

concussion

ore not

olwoys

immediotely opporent."

At

Drogon

School,

oll the

Rugby

stoff

hove

completed

on

RFU Level

I

refereeing course which

covers

the whole spectrum of

the lunior

gome

ond

on

motch

doys

the

school olwoys hos

o

quolified

nurse on

touchline

Potrol.

For

youngsters

iust

storting rugby

for

the

first time,

mony

schools

develop

skills

through

tog

rugby,

or

flog

rugby,

where eoch

ployer weors

o

belt

with

two velcro togs

ottoched.

Ployers dodge,

evode

ond

poss

while

defenders

ottempt

to

prevent

them from

scoring

by

togging

-

pulling

o velcro tog

from the

belt.

Neil

Crossley

from

Beoudesert Pork

School

'exploins,

"Here ot

Beoudesert,

the children

ploy tog

rugby

up

to

ond including

Yeor

3

(oged

6-7),

then

contoct

rugby

from

Yeor

4

onwords (oged

7-13).

Tog rugby

is

o

sofe,

fun

woy

for

them

to

stort to

understond

the

rules

ond

love

the gome. Once

we

get

to contoct

stoge

in Yeor

4,

we

go

by

the brilliont

oge-groded rules

which

the

RFU (Rugby

Footboll

Union)

introduced relotively recently.

Going

by

those

rules meons

the children ore

oble

to

develop

skills in o progressive

woy,

with

ospects of

the

gome

being introduced ot different

oges.

So

for

exomple,

tockling, rucking, mouling

ond

kicking

ore

not

developed

oll

ot

the

some

time.

Similorly, contested

scrummoging

only

comes

into

ploy

once

children

ore in

Yeor

8

or

obove.

Rugby

ond sofety is

o

hot

topic

ot the

moment, ond

the

current gome

hos

reinforced

the

positives

of ploying rugby."

He

odds.

"something

else

which

is

greot about

the

RFU's

oge-reloted rules

is

thot

it

stops

children being put

into

porticulor

positions

too

eorly.

lt

used

to

be

thot

certoin

body

types might outomoticolly be put into

certoin

positions

but

the

new rules

ollow

ployers

to

try

their

skills

in

different

positions,

see

the

gome

from

different

ongles

ond not

speciolise

too

eorly."

At

Sibford School,

the

obility

to

ploy

tog

rugby

remoins

o

choice

for the

student whotever

the

oge.

Richord

Ferley soys,

"Our teom

groups

will

ploy

contoct

from

Yeor

5

but

os

for

os overoll sport

is

concerned,

our non-teom

ployers

enloy

o

mixture

of

contoct

ond

tog depending on

howthe

child

feels.

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l6

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