“The Head Teacher was so impressed with how well the session went, they have now added rugby to their weekly curricular activities”
The children of Tendaba, The Gambia, had never seen a rugby ball before, that was until Kingswood Knight’s Under 15’s Girls player, Kaira, recently paid them a visit to introduce them to the beautiful game. Kaira, ably assisted by sister Nymia (Knight's Under 11's) and brother Samoree (Knights Under 7's) led the keen children into their very first rugby session, starting them off with some warm-up games to get them used to the shape of the ball and to gain an understanding of how to throw the ball to each other.
Once the basics had been taught, the children were ready for their first ever game of touch rugby (the ground was just a bit too hard for contact!).
The children's competitiveness soon took over as they all shouted for the ball and dazzled the onlooking crowd with some amazing runs along the wing, accompanied by screams from the sideline to “tap the ball down at the end”! The atmosphere was amazing. Despite only having played for a short time, there was some amazing talent on show, in particular from one 10-year-old girl who was as fast as lightening and very quick to change direction.
The Head Teacher was so impressed with how well the session went, they have now added rugby to their weekly curricular activities, supported by the gift of a rugby ball from the Kingswood Knights.
Thanks to Kaira, the Kingswood knights have helped influence the shape of the ball these children will play with in the future! Well done Kaira, the whole club is very proud of you!
Updated 14:14 - 27 Mar 2018 by Derek Golding