Learning life skills on the rugby field

Posted 20 November 2020 8:30am

When you think of rugby union, you think of the varied set of skills and agility needed, physical fitness, a team environment, stronger relationships formed between peers, the ability to work together and communicate as a team, leadership skills and the utter heartbreak of being a Wallabies supporter in the Bledisloe Cup. So why wouldn't you want to be involved in a community which provides a balance to the busy and stressful school life that teaches students lessons in a different context than in school subjects?

I have been playing rugby since I was nine years old. I have learnt multiple sets of skills that help me in everyday life, such as resilience, leadership and being a team player. For me, it keeps me physically fit, as well as acting as a reliever of stress and an outlet for my energy. When playing the game, there is no longer focus on any current assessments. I can just play.

Luckily this year, the students of Canberra Girls Grammar School – both Junior and Senior School - were fortunate to have rugby union as an option for our summer sport. We are so privileged to have two amazing Brumbies Super W’s coaches come to the school and train us. Overall, it has been a very successful new transition for rugby at CGGS. We all have fun whilst learning amazing skills that can be applied to various situations throughout our lives. Rugby union is so much more than just a sport. It encourages us to think for ourselves by applying critical thinking into reading the game, it teaches us how to support one another especially in a team environment.

Rugby is a team sport which enables students to have the opportunity to take a break from academic studies and get active while building stronger relationships with their peers. It allows students to collaborate in a different context than in school subjects. It is an excelled co-curricular that allows the development of a variety of skills such as agility, coordination, teamwork/ability to collaborate with others, communication, and leadership skills. It also provides balance to the busy and stressful school life that many students face, especially as they progress through high school. It is a well-known fact that keeping active is a key part to achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and it is shown to benefit people’s sleep and their general brain functioning. Research shows that playing sports boosts blood flow to your brain. This enables your body to build more connections between nerves within the brain. This improves memory, stimulates creativity, and helps your brain develop better problem-solving skills, says fitness and movement coach, Brock Armstrong.

Amy Thrum
Year 11 Boarding Scholar and rugby union player

Photo at top: Junior School students at rugby union training.

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