Tots try rugby for size

Pictured at Abbeydale Sports club is Dean Mabson who is starting up Rugby Training for Children from the age of 6.
Pictured at Abbeydale Sports club is Dean Mabson who is starting up Rugby Training for Children from the age of 6.
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“RUGBY is a beastly game played by gentlemen,” so said funny man Henry Blaha.

But here’s a couple of players who aren’t yet gentlemen and could certainly never be described as beastly.

The angelic-looking tots - four-year-olds Carter Mabson and Joseph Doszczeczko - are among the founding members of South Yorkshire’s first ever club for children aged just 3 - 6.

They’ll play with little balls and little posts, while learning basic skills such as passing and running.

But, hang on, isn’t three a tad young to be turning them into little Jonah Lomu’s?

Not at all, says Dean Mabson, dad of Carter and founder of RuggerEds.

“Obviously there’s no physical contact and we don’t play matches,” says the 32-year-old property developer of Woodseats “It’s just good exercise while they learn fine motor skills, teamwork and respect. It’s about education through sport and I don’t think anyone’s ever too young for that.

“I’d been playing with Carter in the park for a while but he said he wanted a go with kids his own age. The only place anywhere near that does that was in Halifax so we were driving 140 miles every Sunday.”

So, with the help of Sheffield Rugby Union Club’s Glyn Chandler, he set up his own club: “The response has been terrific We don’t have our first session until May but the interest has already been phenomenal.”

The sessions will be run at Abbeydale Sports Club, Sheffield. For ongoing information email deanmabson@gmail.com