Rugby is coming to Manduria

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Rugby is coming to Manduria, a sport with an Anglo-Saxon tradition that is spreading more and more in Italy, especially among young children. What they like about this sport is its pedagogical spirit and respect for the opponent. It is precisely this spirit that makes it so different from football. Nicola De Cilia, in his book The Pedagogy of the Oval, meticulously analyzes this pedagogical aspect of rugby: “Few sports like rugby seem to be concerned with training

Human: a sport that combines team play, physical contact, speed, agility and strength.

Up to the age of 12, in the “propaganda” stage, you play without doors, without teeth, without “throwing” (throwing seams), without shots and with fewer players, both male and female.

At this age, what is important is the development of movement patterns. For this reason, training consists of teaching running, jumping and rolling. You learn features that can be useful in all sports, in fact, you need to take into account that perhaps after a few years the child will want to change sports.

This is the goal of the Cone Center to start sports in S. Anna in Manduria, known to all as P. Raffaele Square. The initiative comes from sports science teachers who have been in contact with the sport and intend to spread it. They love their work and want to involve all children, even those far away and in difficult situations. Recognizing the importance of sports in children’s education, they see rugby as a unique phenomenon in the sports jigsaw.

The idea that rugby is a dangerous sport must be removed. Dr. Attilio Turchetta, Head of Sports Medicine at the Bambin Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome, stated: “Rugby is a game of contact with both the ground and the opponent, so there is a risk of being shocked, but no more so than in other sports. The rugby we watch on TV, with its brilliant actions, Certainly not what children learn.In a little rugby, the most dangerous maneuvers are prohibited: no scrum and even “kicks” are forbidden.Teachers teach the movements to do these actions, but without applying them.

They also show the little ones how to fall unharmed. This is very important for today’s children who forget how to fall. Our little ones don’t move much: they don’t run, they don’t play in the yard, they never scrub their knees. . . As a result, they did not even learn to fall. All actions essential to their psychological development.

The weirdness is the third inning, it’s the euphoric moment after the match. And most importantly in minirugby: children fraternize with opponents and parents make friends.

Everyone brings food and there is a real party. In the third half, rugby teaches kids that matches are a game, where you work hard but above all have fun while respecting your opponents.

Registration is open at Coni Centre, Manduria via Magna Grecia 29, courses are free.