Tiny tots get into rippa
Tara Young’s preschooler wanted to play rippa rugby, but he was too young.
She saw a gap in the market, so put some feelers out on social media to see whether there were other mums in the same boat, and from there she started a tiny tots rippa rugby group.
That rippa rugby group is now holding twice weekly sessions, and if the demand is there, more could follow.
As well as getting kids active, they are taught ball skills in a day and age where a lot of two year olds can use a cellphone or a tablet easily, but may not be so good when it comes to throwing or catching a ball. As seasons change, Young wants to add in other sports too.
‘‘I noticed that there was a gap in under-fours for any kind of sporting things so I thought I’d see if there would be any interest and if anyone was in the same situation with their toddlers,’’ Young said.
‘‘It’s all about ball skills and handling. One lady texted me and said her son can’t catch a ball, and I said that’s what it’s all about, taking the time and spending time teaching them.’’
Tiny tots rippa rugby is aimed at kids aged two to four. It’s being held twice a week at the Hampstead Rugby Club, on a Tuesday from 1pm until 2pm, and on a Wednesday from 10.30am until 11.30am.
Max Phillips (left) and Archie McCormick get some rugby tips from Tracey Henderson.