Little O is obsessed with balls! And balloons! We have far too many toys scattered around the house but he will choose a balloon or ball over all of them. As soon as his daddy gets in from work he races over with a balloon to play kick or catch.
So when a friend told me her little boy went to a class called Rugbytots, it seemed perfect for O. The classes start from aged 2, and as his Christmas present we booked him in for a block of sessions.
Usually hubby isn’t really that keen on attending any baby/toddler sessions. I once managed to get him to Toddler Sense, but he’s not exactly been begging to return, I think the singing probably put him off. This time it was different, I didn’t even need to ask him to come so this morning we all headed off to our first class.
On our arrival the instructor came over and introduced himself and had a little chat with O, who was given his first rugby ball (a nice soft foam one, although there are harder ones for when the kids get a little more experienced). He straight away started playing catch with his dad, and I got to go and sit on the sidelines to watch. I’ve got years ahead of me doing this, haven’t I?
Once all the kids had arrived they were told to sit on a coloured square where they did a quick warm up with their rugby balls. I loved the fact the warm up included counting as the kids touched their toes with the ball and then touching the ball to various body parts, which O mostly got right. I loved watching O’s concentration as he listened to the instructor and tried to copy what everyone else was doing.
The half hour lesson passed quickly and I was impressed at how much was achieved in the short amount of time. By the time the session was up O had scored several tries, he did get a bit confused running through the cones (or not, as the case had been), he had practiced his passing and even had a go at a few spot kicks. All of which he’d loved. It was so nice being able to watch from afar, rather than being involved, so that I could see his reactions to all that he was learning.
At the end of the session all the toddlers were gathered together and given a Rugbytots Well Done sticker, and had a class hands in to officially end the session. Very cute, although O was adamant he wasn’t going to take part in it, but I guess you can’t have everything!
The class size was only 10, which meant the kids got a lot of attention from the instructor. There were a couple of other newbies along with O and a few who had obviously been going a while and there ball skills were pretty impressive for 2 or 3 year olds.
Unfortunately his Rugbytots kit (yes, they have a little kit to wear, how adorable) arrived about an hour after we got home but at least it’s all ready for next week and I can’t wait to see O in it. I’m sure they’ll be some photographic evidence winging it’s way on here.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my little man happy so watching him today was a special treat. My big man also had a great time and I could see how proud he was watching O. Can’t wait for next weeks class!