RUGBY: Many projects for the ARL’XV rugby school

Children will be particularly pampered.

This season, more than 100 children have already registered at the ARL’XV rugby school (Le Creusot – Montchanin – Saint-Firmin), and it is of course always possible to join the group. And it is to attend training and/or the snack that follows (ah, the famous conviviality of rugby is enough!) to see that all these young people are happy to be there, happy to be together, happy to play under the expert eye of their educators.

Well cared for children

The rugby school, placed under the responsibility of Teddy Herniou, is subdivided into four categories:

– U 6 (children from 3 to 5 years old). About thirty children are registered in this category which consists above all of a playful, sporty and convivial awakening activity which aims to develop the motor, social and emotional capacities of the little ones.
– U 8 (children from 6 to 7 years old). 23 young rugby players are registered in this category supervised by 6 educators.
– U 10 (children from 8 to 9 years old). 27 children are registered, supervised by 7 educators and 1 guide.
– U 12 (children from 10 to 11 years old). In this category, 6 educators train the 23 budding rugby players.

Training takes place on Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parc des Sports in Le Creusot and, if there is no tournament, on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lucien Parriat stadium in Montchanin.

In order for the children to play as much as possible and because nothing beats a match to progress, the setting up of triangular tournaments with the Burgundy – Franche-Comté teams on Saturdays is being studied. It’s about meeting teams against which young people are not used to playing: Dijon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Chalon, Oyonnax…

All-inclusive Wednesdays

But because rugby is not limited to the field, the ARL’XV rugby school will launch “all-inclusive Wednesdays” from November 9. The principle is simple: children who wish to be welcomed all day for various activities according to the following schedule:
– from 8 to 9 a.m.: reception
– 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: homework help
– from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: cultural actions adapted by external speakers, such as a visit to a sorting center, a company, a town hall, a rescue center, etc.
– at noon, meal taken together at a service provider
– afternoon, training at the usual times

These days could be made à la carte, that is to say that the child can come on a Wednesday, then not the next, then come back according to his desires or his availability. However, the number of places for each Wednesday will be limited.

Stages during the holidays

In the same vein, the holiday stages that had already taken place last season have been renewed. These are two full days during which young graduates are supported for fun activities (swimming pool, laser game, trampoline, bubble bump, escape game…). It is, through these stages, to create cohesion but also common memories of rugby and to offer children other activities.

A school “World Cup”

The Rugby World Cup will be the sporting event of the year 2023. This is why the ARL’XV rugby school, in collaboration with the National Education Inspectorate of Le Creusot, will set up from Monday, November 7, a School World Cup in the CM2 classes of the district. Each participating CM2 class will be divided into two, each representing half of a nation qualified for the World Cup. The students will then work on the geography and civilization of the country concerned (where is it, what is its capital, what is its flag, what is its anthem, etc.) Then they will draw the jersey of their team and this will then be performed by a service provider.
Finally, the cycle will end with a big two-second touchdown tournament at the Parc des Sports.
The goal is that in September 2023, children will be able to follow the World Cup with some rugby and geographical knowledge. It is also a question of reminding, by the rugby touched, that rugby is a sport of avoidance.

A big tournament in anticipation

Finally, an ambitious project is being studied for June 11: to organize a national tournament at the Jean Garnier stadium to which the rugby schools of the Top 14, Pro D2 and National clubs will be invited. To be continued…

Many actions and projects are therefore underway for this 2022-2023 season. Major projects but also very simple actions such as the rugby clothing exchange which took place on these two Wednesdays. The rugby school is always looking for volunteers to participate in its operation. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact the club!


Teddy Herniou, head of the ARL’XV rugby school

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