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Emma Tomlinson and Ian Milligan like this.

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Ian Milligan said:

Great article. What did I hope for my kids when I took them to any sport? I hoped they would try their best, enjoy it and learn from the opportunities it gave them. Both lads played rugby and did martial arts. They started at 4 years old at rugby and loved it, the club was good then and it was very inclusive. They are very different (one front row and one fly half as it turned out), they took whatever opportunities they could to play, train and try stuff in rugby. Summer courses gave opportunities to train with other coaches but more importantly for them to train with other lads they normally played against. Those friendship made during the courses are still with them now they are both in their 20s.
As for opportunities some of the external coaches have offered chances to play for different clubs, do coaching courses as coaches and also develop as referees. The eldest took the chance to pack some boots and go and play in Sydney for a season.
The youngest also loved kickboxing and he tried out a few clubs after the one he started at folded. The one he selected was awesome, welcoming and the instructors were and are great. He loved training. It was intense, he worked up to a blackbelt and was offered the chance to trial for the England squad heading to the world championships. He didn't think he would be good enough but wanted to have the opportunity of a trial so took the offer. Approached the day as another training session and just enjoyed it. Got selected, went to Cyprus to the world championships and came back with a gold medal.
Both their approaches all along was enjoy the sport first, train as hard as you can (or do the best you can), listen to the coaches and take the opportunities they offer as you never know where they might lead.
But as a parent my view is first and foremost I love watching them do a sport they love. I love the opportunities the sports they love have given them and I love the people they have become because of the coaches they have had, the impact the sports have had on them and the friendships they have made which will last a very long time.

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