IN THIS month’s Rugby World we asked former England centre Simon Halliday and Walcot under-10s coach Dave Parsons if winning should be scrapped from kids’ rugby, in our Big Debate.
With high numbers of young adults giving up the game, the RFU researched some new ways of teaching rugby to youngsters, with the aim of emphasising the fun of taking part. A Kids First programme has subsequently been set up, which scraps competitive matches – ie, no results are recorded, and no trophies are up for grabs.
Parsons is using the Kids First programme in his coaching at Walcot, while Halliday argues that kids need the opportunity to play under pressure, and to learn how to lose. Halliday worries that taking the competitive aspect out of rugby will see kids turn to other sports.
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