Apii Avarua pupils learn rugby skills

Saturday March 31, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Year one students from Avarua Primary were the fi rst in the Cook Islands to try the Rugbytots programme. 18032711 Year one students from Avarua Primary were the fi rst in the Cook Islands to try the Rugbytots programme. 18032711

Australian couple Jason and Jessica Palmer have run their first “RugbyTots” session in the Cook Islands.

 

The non-contact programme was held on Wednesday morning at Avarua Primary before the couple and their two kids headed to Enuamanu School in Atiu, Ararua Primary in Aitutaki and finally Mauke Primary to round out a three-week holiday, before returning to Australia.

Jessica said the pair contacted the Cook Islands Rugby Union to set up the sessions to coincide with their holiday.

“We contacted Ben (Koteka) at Cooks Islands Rugby and it was really easy to set it up which was fantastic.”

The duo, who have owned the franchise for the past four years, said they love being able to bring the programme to young children.

“I actually suggested we buy into the franchise, once I mentioned it to Jason he was on board straight away being the rugby fanatic he is,” Jessica said.

“Jason has been coaching rugby to young kids for four years and also coaches a local small-town men’s team in Australia. He just lives and breathes rugby.”

Year one students enjoyed being introduced to basic ball skills, weaving through cones while holding onto a rugby ball and scoring tries by “squishing the bug” on the ground.

Rugbytots sessions usually run for 30 minutes for yougsters aged 2-3.5 years (a parent or family member helps out with each child in this age bracket), and 45 minutes for ages 3.5-5 years and 5-7 years.

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