Kids get ball rolling
Children from around the Auckland region converged on Unitec last week to take part in a skills session with some rugby superstars.
The children, who won places at the session through a competition in the Sunday Star-Times, practised their kicking, tackling and passing skills for an hour with several Blues players.
Twelve-year-old Titirangi resident Andrew Glubb, who plays for the Ponsonby club, was excited to be at the event.
“It’s great training with the players,” he says.
And Epsom resident Conor Leathley says “learning new skills” was the best part of the session.
But it wasn’t just the children who were enjoying the day.
Blues wing David Smith says it’s great to have the chance to spend time with the kids.
“I love having fun with them and coaching them in different skills.”
Hard-hitting utility Ben Atiga also enjoyed the session after some hard training runs during the week.
“It’s very refreshing, especially since there’s been a bit of pressure on us over the last couple of weeks,” he says.
On the run: Blues halfback Danny Lee puts the kids through their paces.
Down the touchline: Twelve-year-old Ponsonby player Andrew Glubb shows some pace at the Blues coaching clinic.
Spread it wide: Conor Leathley, 15, shows off his passing skills at the Blues coaching clinic.