Sunday September 7th marked the final festival for the 2014 U8’s and U10’s of the Burlington Centaurs Rugby Club. The day started off at 9amwith the kids ready and eager to play an entire day’s worth of rugby. However, this was a very emotional day for parents and children alike as it marked the end of a season and the great success of the club’s mini’s program. Parents got to see their kids improve since the beginning of summer and some of the players even got their very first try. The energy of this tournament was at an all-time high with parents cheering and tearing up while their kids played their hearts out.
I had the great pleasure of coaching the Under 8 team in addition to stepping in near the end of the season to coach the Under 10s. I have never seen teams play as well as they did. These teams exemplify the true meaning of teamwork and the meaning “friends through rugby friends through life.” A lot of the children came to me not knowing what rugby was, or the rules. Some of the under 8 kids even stepped up and were able to play in the Under 10 division for the festival.
The season started off as a challenge, coaching between 15-20 kids ranging 5, 6 and 7 year olds is not the easiest task. Every practice we worked on their skill as well as played fun games to keep their interest alive. Other clubs had asked me how do I get my kids not to pick flowers or throw sand during practice. I would like to say that the key to it was that I ensured it was a scheduled practice with a mix of fun, however the reality is that these kids were here to not only play rugby and learn but to win and grow.
I couldn’t have asked for a better season or a better group of kids to not only coach but to represent the future of the club.