Students tackle rugby union

Joel Johnston taught the kids at Emerald State School some top rugby union skills last month.
Joel Johnston taught the kids at Emerald State School some top rugby union skills last month.

IT was all about exercise, team spirit and fun in the sun last month, as students from Emerald State Primary School got the chance to learn some rugby union skills.

All part of the Super Rugby Week promotion, kids from Years 4 to 7 took part in the 30-minute sessions with Central Queensland Regional Manager Joel Johnston and encouraged schools to play modified rugby games.

Mr Johnston took the kids through ball skills, fitness, fun drills and adapted games of touch rugby, and they each got to take home their own mini Gilbert football.

More than 10,000 students from around Queensland took to the rugby fields during the week to show their support for the code, with 2000 of those from the Central Highlands.

Mr Johnston said the sessions were not focussed on skills, but getting the kids to have fun and enjoy outdoor sports in a team environment.

“Just like all team sports it gets them active and having a good time,” Mr Johnston said.

“We’re just looking for enjoyment and getting them involved in team work.”

Year 5 teacher Zan Branford registered the students for the program and said they all had a fantastic time.

“They learnt a lot,” he said.

“Exposure to rugby union is great for the kids and we’d absolutely do it again.”

A rugby union fanatic himself, Mr Branford said QRU did a good job in providing fun and exciting programs for children and that he got some really good feedback from the kids.

“They had such a great day,” he said.

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