Youngsters Attend Touch Rugby Training At Porthcressa

Around 50 under 16s spent part of the weekend learning rugby skills.

Mike Bratt who is the development officer for the RFU in Cornwall joined local coaches, Rob Hughes and Ben Kirk, to help Islands’ kids learn how to play the game better.

Touch or tag rugby avoids the contact that is part of the traditional game and significantly reduces the risk of injury. Games were played on the sand at Porthcressa Beach.

Mike Bratt from the RFU

Mike says the youngsters learn about the rules of the game and how to pass the ball, and he says the youngsters here are great to coach because they listen well. He says football seems to engage more youngsters, possibly because it’s less technical than rugby, but touch rugby is gaining in popularity.

Mike says they’re also keen to take the game further with the new sports facilities at the Carn Gwaval school site.