The event was well-attended with around 45 P7 players, parents and siblings on Belhaven Beach on Sunday morning. The weather held out for us and we ran a mixed game of touch to kick things off. Everyone really enjoyed the game – from young kids around 8 up to much older, bigger kids around 50! It was played in great spirits and really helped with the aim we were after – galvanising parents, kids and coaches further ahead of the switch up to DGS rugby and beyond.
We managed to get everyone up for a mammoth game of beach rugby rounders to finish proceedings at the beach – even mums! Again, everyone engaged with the activity and had tremendous fun. The clouds began to close in so we headed back across to the car park area. Once there we left a bucket of 30 or so filled up water pistols in the middle of a huge grassed and let the kids loose with the pistols. Then Barry and I appeared with the super soakers – again just a bit of fun – not so much for Barry and I as we ended up soaked too. The boys had filled the bucket up with water... ingenious!
Cue the rain – for 5 mins then off again, and back to my place for the BBQ. One of the P7’s parents (Grant Chisholm) made a half oil drum BBQ for the occasion – very handy for cooking the amount of food we had! In addition to the burgers and rolls kindly donated by DRFC, Barry and I picked up sausages, juice, crisps etc. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food – had to be quick on our feet to stop the P7’s munching their way through everything!
We rounded off proceedings with a quick presentation to each of the P7 lads. Finlay had kindly sourced small trophies for each of the boys, so we called them out in turn to receive this along with a certificate each which I’d put together detailing a couple of strengths each had shown during the season, an area to work on during next season and also a player to study, there was also a couple bits of Edinburgh Rugby bumf that I had kicking around too. That seemed to go well too. The feedback we had from parents and kids alike was all very positive.
The inscription on the lads’ trophies was important and I asked them to think about it for next season ‘Character is vital to success’ – not just in rugby I’d argue – but that’s what we’re trying to build with the team, with the parents and anyone involved with the group. Building a collective character will bring success.
Thanks again for all of your help and support throughout the minis – and to the wider DRFC for your continued support of this age group into S1.