Game in good spirit
On Saturday [August 18] the under8s [rugby] team I coach (Boas) played the Northern Hawkes at Te Atiawa Park here in Paraparaumu.
In a very evenly-contested match I just wanted to thank and acknowledge Jeff and his coaching team for their contribution to the spirit in which the match was conducted and the excellent manner in which they managed their team on the day.
We all coach boys and girls who have differing abilities, attitudes, physicality and levels of sportsmanship. At times, despite best efforts any one of these areas can provide a challenge to the coaching team regardless of club or coach.
Jeff and his team were fantastic to deal with and a great example of how to proactively manage some of these
challenges as they arose during the game. Many of our parents commented extremely positively following our match on several examples of Jeff’s (and his fellow coaching team and in fact the Norths’ supporters) conduct both before, during and after the game.
In an era where people can be quick to highlight the negative, we feel it’s worth acknowledging those who are truly making a positive influence on our game and the development of its players.
Please pass on my congratulations to Jeff and his coaching team and I look forward to many more enjoyable and keenly contested matches between our teams in the coming years.
LEO BARBER, Kapiti Coast.