Last weekend I took my 5 year old along to try out the new Rugby Tots classes that launched in our area recently. We tried the Saturday morning Hull class at Hymer’s College, there are also classes in our area in Pocklington, Driffield and Beverley. Rugby Tots have been in our area in the past but the old business closed down; classes have recently been re-started by coach Rob and his team so I wanted to go along and see what they were all about. Rob has been running the York Rugby Tots classes for the past few years so he really knows his stuff and it’s great to have him bring these classes back to our region too.
It was my first time at Hymer’s and my first impression was what an amazing venue! The sports hall we were in was immaculately clean, newly refurbished and a lovely space to be in.
The first class on a Saturday at 9.00am is for 2-3.5 years olds, we watched the end of their class to get a feel for what that age group do then joined our class for 3.5-5 year olds at 9.40am. They have a 5-7 year old class starting soon too. The younger class was lovely! The tots were all really enthusiastic, the coaches were great at getting them to listen and try the skills but most importantly they were all having lots of fun.
When we started our class my daughter was, as always, a bit shy. The benefit of Rugby Tots is that a lot of the activities you do are with your child, the parents and carers were joining in and doing the skills and games with their children. My daughter quickly relaxed, got stuck in and was smiling happily.
Coach Rob was very welcoming to everyone and great with the children. He made the class really fun and all the children were laughing and wanting to be involved. The class was a mix of skills done in a fun way, such as passing the ball around like a ‘hot potato’ and doing some drop kicks with the sponge balls at the parents/carers, plus some games and activities. It was also very active; my child did a good 40 minutes of exercise and I had also been active for most of it too! I felt that the class was great at developing basic rugby skills that the children could go on to develop as they got older, or equally it was great at being just a fun, active class that they could do even if they weren’t going to go on to become the next Hull FC or Hull KR captain!
Importantly I felt we had really done something together. At age 5 a lot of my daughters classes are now ones that I drop her off at, or I sit on the side and watch. This was something we did together and we had such a good giggle over some of the activities. She said afterwards that she had really enjoyed the session but had also really enjoyed doing it with me.
The class is for boys and girls and my daughter absolutely love doing it, she has asked to go again! This has made my husband especially delighted – he has played for both Hull FC and Hull KR in his time (he’s well and truly retired now though), our son is mad about football so he is now pinning all his hopes on my daughter becoming the next female rugby legend!
More information about Rugby Tots:
Start your child’s sporting journey with our high energy, fun packed classes that use the fundamentals of Rugby to develop core ability and build confidence. These structured play sessions take boys and girls on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
Saturdays: 9.00 (2-3.5 years) and 9.40 (3.5-5 years) at Hymers College Hull
Saturdays: 9.00 (2-3.5 years) and 9.40 (3.5-5 years) at Driffield Leisure Centre
Sundays: 9.00 (2-3.5 years) and 9.40 (3.5-5 years) – Beverley Grammar School
Sundays: 9.00 (2-3.5 years), 9.40 (3.5-5 years) and 10.35 (5-7 years) at Pocklington Independent School, Old Station Building