Kids Learn Rugby Skills and Have Fun at Festival

Henley RFC hosted the annual PROP rugby programme festival on Wednesday 20 November and Wednesday 27 November. Hundreds of children from Valley Road, Nettlebed, Stoke Row and Peppard spent the morning enjoying playing tag rugby on the “tiger turf” pitch.

The Player Reach Out Programme or PROP is delivered in partnership by The Performance Sports Coaches Team across local Primary Schools in the Henley catchment throughout the Autumn Term. Coaches have been visiting schools since September culminating in the two festivals this month. Children learn all the skills of the game, rules, and play small sided matches. The RFU values of TREDS: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship make up a core part of the programme. Henley RFC won the 2019 RFU National Award for Mini and Junior delivery. The PROP programme is an important part of this community work building the club links for boys and girls to continue their rugby after school.

Laura Burton, Valley Road School teacher said, “We’re very lucky to have had the coaches coming into the school.  We come every year as it is a fabulous opportunity.  The coaches are brilliant, really supportive and help the children.  This is a really nice way to end their coaching – to have a celebration of everything they have learnt.”

Head Coach of Performance Sports, Chris Ellison explained, “This is a wonderful programme introducing tag rugby skills to local school children in their primary school settings. As you can see from all the smiles on the children’s faces they are absolutely loving it. The opportunity to visit the club and take advantage of the wonderful facilities on offer is very special. Both these festivals give the children a chance to show off their skills in a relaxing, fun and rewarding environment for all.”