Tiny tots get into rippa

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

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.

ERIN TASKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Max Phillips (left) and Archie McCormick get some rugby tips from Tracey Hen­der­son.

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