A Country Kid’s Post: Rugby Fun

I’m not a sporty person.  I can swim but I’m not a strong swimmer.  I can ride a bike, but won’t win any race.  I know some of you may think, it’s not too late to try.  But if I’m honest, I might just give this one a miss.  I’d rather cheer the others from the sideline, or maybe wait from the comforts of a lovely nice pub.

My husband on the other hand, while he claims not to be good in sports, does gig-rowing (although admittedly doesn’t have time to do it anymore), is a good swimmer, used to fence at Uni, played football and cricket when he was younger, so I guess it’s safe to say T got her interests in sports from him.

At the moment, she goes to gymnastics and swimming class.  We were pleased though when she signed up for a rugby game in another school.  They are actually lucky to have a teacher who happened to be an ex football player, so it’s not surprising that he pushes his students to do well in sports (among other things of course).

Mr. R was very pleased with his kids, especially when a local rugby coach announced that they were the best team there.

Apparently, little T was really fast, but refused to tackle.  I laughed when this was reported back to me.  But Mr. R plans to start a football team and include the year 2s.  I don’t know what it’s like in other schools, but while the boys can join the football team young, the girls on the other hand have to be older than T.  I know, it’s so unfair isn’t it?  As parents of a younger girl, we were really happy when he said that he will start them this year.  He wants T in his team 🙂

What about you?

Are you into sports?

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  1. Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)

    My 8 year old plays rugby he hates football but the twins are only 2 and they love football training at nursery we have a very sporty house.

    • I bet the twins will keep enjoying football especially when they’re older 🙂

    • I bet the twins will keep enjoying football especially when they’re older 🙂

  2. Chloe Ciliberto

    Yay go T! You must be so pleased. So cute that she doesn’t like to tackle but it must be so lovely seeing them taking part in team sports. x
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  3. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    It’s great that Mr wants to start a team of his own, that sounds so nice! I hope my son wants to get into some sort of sport, anything he enjoys would be great!

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  4. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Oh how cool that T is getting involved with sports.
    I used to sprint when younger and trained daily. I don’t do any sports now though. x
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  5. Sarah @theparentingtrials

    I think it’s good for kids to get involved in a mixed bag of sports, in school I did gymnastics and ballet however I also did girls football top lol. It’s really good for them, I’m keen to get my little girl signed up to some xx

    • Oh, T is like you. She’s doing gymnastics and ballet too and hopefully will start football soon!

  6. Baby Isabella

    I’d love to go to Rugby Tots as my family aren’t really that big on football. Love a bit of field hockey too…looks like great fun and good exercise!
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    • T went to Rugby Tots when she was your age and enjoyed it. I’m sure you will too 🙂 xx

  7. I always wish I’d been more involved in sports as a child, but never really had the chance. It’s great to give them that!

  8. five little doves

    I was never into sports, I’m still not, but my eldest is football MAD! He plays three times a week and for both the school team and the local under thirteens. If he’s not playing football he’s talking about it, and if he’s not talking about it he’s playing FIFA on the play station!!
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    • I’m glad your eldest loves football. I can’t wait till my daughter’s teacher organises a football team in their little school 🙂

    • I so agree with you. That’s why I’m so pleased my daughter is into sports 🙂

  9. clairejustine

    Aww it is lovely to get them into sports young. I hated sports especially running but we got out boys into running when they were young and I had to join them or I got left behind. I have no speed though..

  10. Coombe Mill

    It’s great to see T throwing herself into her Rugby game, she looks like she had a wonderful time. It’s funny how she wouldn’t tackle anyone for the ball, so sweet. I bet she can’t wait to be able to join a football game, if she’s speedy it’ll be a great game for her.

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    • I’m so excited for her to join the football team in her school. Now hopefully her teacher would manage to organise it real soon 😉

  11. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    We have the opposite problem that the girls can play football for the school, but the boys are not allowed to join the netball team. Who makes up these rule?! Fabulous the T is enjoying her sports. Go T!! #CountryKids
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    • Why aren’t boys allowed? Sigh. You’re right, who on earth makes up those silly rules?

    • If your girls are still young, I’m sure they’ll have all the time in the world to do other activities 🙂

  12. Sara | mumturnedmom

    I’m sure T will love football! My younger son loves playing soccer. They have mixed teams here from age 5, so it’s quite a big thing for the younger kids, and they play in teams with kids from both their own school and other schools too, from across the town. It’s a great social activity for them. I can’t wait till the wee girl starts playing too 🙂 #countrykids
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    • How lovely they have mixed team in your son’s school. I wish they had that in T’s, but hopefully T’s teacher will be true to his word and start a team for the young ones too 🙂

  13. Karen | TwoTinyHands

    That’s brilliant that your teachers are so enthusiastic about getting the kids into sports! And that he wants your son on the team. A tad unfair about girls not being involved. Maybe time to change this!! #countrykids

  14. I hate sports.But my 3 always took part in football, my youngest two are girls.Football has always been mixed, even for the school team.Last year they had a big push for rugby and again it was mixed.I think at a young age it’s important to have them together so they can learn that both genders have abilities to do tradtionally male orienated sports.
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    • I definitely agree with you. Her teacher is planning a mixed football team too.

  15. tracey at Mummyshire

    Fancy the girls not being able to do football at the same age as the boys. That sounds rather antiquated!
    My boy has been playing football since he was 4yrs old in a mixed team and some of the girls have really grown in confidence to get in and tackle the boys. In fact when they;re on the pitch there is no difference between boys and girls.
    Good that you have an ex-footballer on your side – and your husband. I’m all for girls doing sports!
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    • I know that’s what I thought so too, when I first heard about it. But luckily, T’s teacher doesn’t agree. Let’s hope he’ll be true to his word and start a team early 😉

  16. domesstique

    Oh yay! Way to go, T. I am not a sports person either, but my daughter is. She does gymnastics and Tae Kwondo. x

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