Rugby arrives in Manduria, the sport that respects its opponents

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 Elliptical, meticulously analyzes this educational aspect of rugby: “Few sports like rugby seem to have a human training at heart: a sport that combines team play, physical contact, speed, agility, and strength.”

reach to 12 years, in the “Propaganda” stage it is played without doors, without bows, without “throwing”, without hits and with a small number of 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 Pampen Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome, stated: “Rugby is a game in contact with the ground and with the opponent, so the risk of being shocked is present, but no more than in other sports. The rugby that we see on TV, with its great moves, is of course not what children do it is taught. In mini rugby, the most dangerous maneuvers are prohibited : There is no scrum and even “strikes” are forbidden. The coaches teach the movements to perform these actions, but without applying them. They also explain to the little ones like falling without getting hurt. This is very important for today’s children who forget how to fall. Our children move a little: they don’t run, and they don’t They play in the yard, never peeling their knees…and thus they do not learn to fall. All the essential actions of their psychomotor 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. (press release)