I got back into rugby as soon as my first son could play tag but over the last few years I’ve become a bit more ‘hands on’!
My two sons play at Harrow RFC and I found my way back onto the pitch about three years ago. Alarmingly, yet excitedly I actually made it in to the 1st XV at the beginning of this season where as we have got off to a great start. So my weeks are filled with either training an u12’s side or being trained and playing in the 1st XV.
It’s not just about winning on the day, although that’s obviously important, it’s about helping to build the children’s confidence, teaching them leadership skills and above all team work. All good skills that will stand them in good stead for the future. Today was a cracking example where we took 21 boys at the London Academy and put them through their paces for two hours. Focus is all about fun and engagement and the benefits of teamwork. There are 120 children in year 7 alone and the school has some 1400 students.
My involvement with the club ties in with Hemming Robeson’s commitment to supporting young people in the UK through their charitable foundation. During the season, come rain or shine, I’m out coaching, giving up my weekends as well as supporting the London Academy to encourage their students to engage in the best sport in the world!