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Benefits of team Sports – Girls Rugby

11th August 2022 @ 6:06am – by Jude Dodd
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Girls – playing rugby? Why would they want to play a game like that.?

Many people recognise the obvious benefits to children of regular sports;

  • Making regular exercise a habit from a young age
  • Developing bone and muscle strength
  • Developing cardiovascular fitness
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Learning the importance of eating right
  • Reducing risk of illness and disease.

But what about the immense mental, emotional and social benefits that exists by playing a team sport, such as Rugby? Some of the key benefits include:

Happier children
When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins. These naturally occurring chemicals are scientifically proven to improve our mood, reduce stress, relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, boost self- esteem and help us sleep better. This all leads to happier, positive, more relaxed children every time they finish training or playing a game.

Learn important values
Being a part of a team will teach your child important values that will guide them through their teenage years and into adulthood.

  • Respectfor coaches, teammates, opponents and referees / umpires
  • Disciplineby learning to play as a team and follow the rules of the sport
  • Patienceby having to work alongside other players even if they don't get along.
  • Selflessnessunderstanding that the team comes before their own needs or desires.
  • Builds self-confidence

Learning any new skill is a great way to build self-confidence and doing it as part of a team environment only serves to magnify that self-belief. Team sports help children to confront setbacks and obstacles without seeing it as a negative reflection of themselves but more as a challenge to be overcome.

Improves communication skills
When playing as part of a team, communication is a crucial skill no matter what sport you're playing. Important social skills, such as learning when to be quiet and listen and when to speak up and challenge an opinion. However, much of human communication is nonverbal. Nonverbal communication such as body language, eye contact and facial expressions also form a significant part of participating in all team sports.

Supports social interaction
There is often no better way to make new friends than to join a sports team. Your child will make friends from different areas, backgrounds and cultures. They'll learn tolerance and acceptance and the ability to build relationships with children outside of their normal clique. But, most of all they will feel that they belong and build a large network of friends.

Memories imbedded forever
The sporting victories and losses we experience, the friendships we develop, and the lessons we learn on the sporting field stay with us forever. Having the chance to be part of a sporting team and enjoying all the physical, mental, emotional and social benefits that comes with it is a gift that every child deserves to experience.

Local Clubs
There are several cubs that are close to Tarvin, Winnington Park, Northwich, Crewe and Nantwich and Chester Rugby Club at Vicars cross. To name just a few. We have supplied details for some of the local clubs below:

Chester Rugby Club (Chester Devas)
You don't have to have fun at training, but we do!
Get in touch today to find out how you can join our growing Women and Girls section.
DM through our social channels above or send us an email: chesterdevas@gmail.com
Tel: 07967 539840

Winnington Park Rugby Club run three men's senior teams on a Saturday and a ladies team on a Sunday. We provide rugby in Northwich at every age level from unders 6s, right through to under 16s, Junior Colts & Senior Colts and two Girls Rugby teams (under 13s & under 15s) on Sundays here at Burrows Hill.
Contact: Vanessa Oakes on ladiesandgirlsrugby@wprfc.com or 07789 633282.

The girls and young ladies at Winnington Park RFC are a lovely bunch and have made some wonderful friendships with people they would never have met, had it not been for rugby. Many of the girls who join us have never even picked up a rugby ball, but they soon find their feet – and their place within the squad.

My daughter started her rugby journey in Year 6 and has never looked back; she now Captains the U16s and helps to coach, both with the younger girls in the section and boys U11s, where her brother plays – here's her take on why Rugby IS a girl's game:

A quote from one of the Wiinington Park players:
"For me rugby has become such a headspace away from school and everyday life. Rugby has so many benefits, however for me one of the main ones has to be the friendships that I have built within the team that I joined. I must admit when I first joined Winnington Park I was extremely apprehensive about joining a team of girls who had been playing rugby for a lot longer than I had (in fact I hadn't really ever picked up a rugby ball in my life before!). Despite my initial reservations I decided that I wanted to give rugby a chance – and I am forever grateful that I did. All the girls – and coaches – made me feel extremely welcomed and there was no standoffishness from the older girls. 5 years later and I am still playing for the same club that welcomed me with open arms and have encouraged me as well as offering many opportunities along the way. The friendships that I have developed whilst playing at Winnington Park are the ones that will last a lifetime and I'm entirely grateful for the experiences and bonding that playing rugby has given me."

New players are always welcome, especially from Year 5 upwards. No experience necessary, just trainers and water – come and give it a try!

Crewe & Nantwich RUFC
Ladies and Girls Rugby at Crewe and Nantwich , offering experienced and novice female players the chance to play the wonderful game that is rugby union. If you want to give it a go and fancy being a part of this amazing team, then get in contact.
You can find us on Twitter @cnwrufc or Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/cnwrufc/
for Junior Girls rugby join their page here: https://www.facebook.com/CNRUFCJuniorGirls/?fref=ts

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