RUGBY-playing youngsters rounded off their week of drills and skills at Cromford Meadows by performing the traditional New Zealand haka dance on Friday.
Boys and girls from across the area flocked to the picturesque venue, the home of Matlock Rugby Club, for the latest Youth Rugby Summer Camp.
This is a popular event, now becoming a regular part of the summer sporting calendar for local youngsters.
It is organised by Matlock Rugby Club, and makes use of the skills of coaches provided by sporting company Rucks ‘n’ Mauls.
The mantra of Rucks ‘n’ Mauls is inclusivity for all ages and all abilities, and the company’s director of coaching Alastair Kalin explained: “It’s all about giving kids the chance to experience the great game of rugby and if they go on to play at a higher level having experienced Rucks ‘n’Mauls then so much the better.”
The focus of the five-day training camp was to have fun, develop the ball skills of the keen youngsters who attended through modified games with the emphasis on team play, and develop spatial awareness.
And, after all that hard work, what better way to round off the proceedings than by letting off a bit of steam, performing the haka.
This is the traditional dance always associated with the pre-match preparations of New Zealand’s world famous All Blacks side.
For more details on the training methods favoured by the company, you can log on to www.rucksnmauls.co.uk while for more on Matlock Rugby Club’s flourishing youth rugby section, go to www.pitchero.com/clubs/matlock.