NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Members of the Women’s Eagles coaching staff headed to a local elementary school to team up with Play Rugby USA on one of its sessions with the area’s youth. More than 20 students participated in the event run through the L.A.’s Best summer camp.
The message in the Play Rugby USA session was simple at Plummer Elementary School Monday afternoon and something the Women’s Eagles staff could get behind, “go forward”. “In rugby we want to go forward with the ball and in life we want to go forward and be better people,” said area instructor Anthony Avila. “What go forward means is that we want to set goals for ourselves.”
Avila continued; “Our first goal is to graduate from high school.”
The goals were very important to the coaching staff that recognized the event and program as being vital to the youth, but a great experience for them as well.
“That was an awesome session,” said a smiling Peter Baggetta following the session. “That was exciting and fun for not only us, but the kids partaking too.”
Joining Baggetta for the hour-long program were forwards coach Farrah Douglass and backs coach John Coumbe-Lilley. Both Douglas and Coumbe-Lilley shared the same sentiments as the Women’s Eagles defense coach.
“What a great session,” said Coumbe-Lilley. “The kids need more of these types of programs.”
The first session as part of the L.A.’s Best summer camp saw general rugby skills such as evasive running and passing techniques.
“Eat the hamburger and toss the ball,” demonstrated Baggetta on how to throw a rugby ball.
Avila got the coaches involved in the sessions following the passing drill, through a game of sharks and minnows.
With smiles from ear-to-ear, the coaches rounded out the final drill of the day with consecutive passing.
LA’s Best summer camp will host events through June 28.
Check out Play Rugby USA through playusarugby.com.