Youngsters get professional coaching

PUBLISHED: 08:37 24 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010

Little Scrummers Mini Rugby.
Sheering.
January 17, 2009.
Photograph by Michael Boyton.
Pic shows: Andy with his two sons with rugby balls and mini-posts.
Names (L-R): Oscar Poyser (aged 4); Andy Poyser; Alfie Poyser (aged 5).

Little Scrummers Mini Rugby. Sheering. January 17, 2009. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Andy with his two sons with rugby balls and mini-posts. Names (L-R): Oscar Poyser (aged 4); Andy Poyser; Alfie Poyser (aged 5).

YOUNGSTERS are getting the chance to get to grips with the game of rugby, thanks to a little from a professional. Andrew LeChevalier, who has played for London Wasps, Swansea and French club Grenoble, is working with close friend Andy Poyser to provide a

YOUNGSTERS are getting the chance to get to grips with the game of rugby, thanks to a little from a professional.

Andrew LeChevalier, who has played for London Wasps, Swansea and French club Grenoble, is working with close friend Andy Poyser to provide a community sport learning programme.

The Little Scrummers programme, which is based at Felsted Preparatory School, aims to teach youngsters the basics of the sport and the encouragement to go on and play it throughout their sporting lives.

Mr Poyser said: "We believe this is the first club of its kind. It is a new and exciting idea based on non-contact rugby for girls and boys aged two to six-years-old.

"It helps them live a healthier life, with improved communication, behavioural, and social skills. It will also improve their gross motor skills and sporting ability by introducing them to sport at an early age.

"Andrew and myself both want to put something back in to the game of rugby for the children, something that was not available when we were young."

Mr Poyser, a practice manager for a London Barristers Chambers, added: "In New Zealand children are encouraged to participate in club rugby from as young as five, compared to seven in the UK - and the results speak for themselves.

"We want to change this, and make the sport more accessible to the children who deserve the opportunity."

In an addition to their programme - which will be held on Sunday mornings from February 15 - My Poyser and Mr LeChevalier are planning to run after school clubs, school holiday training camps and are looking to introduce the programme at children's parties.

At a cost of £20 for membership and £5 per class, children can attend different classes according to age. For more information visit www.littlescrummers.com

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