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Rugger Ratz Halifax

Rugger Ratz is a family business, started by Rugby League professional, Jode Sheriffe and his wife Joleene, a paramedic and ex Halifax RUFC second rower. “Our eldest son, Tyreese, was our inspiration – we created Rugger Ratz because we wanted to introduce him to the joy of rugby in a safe, controlled and fun environment.“

“Classes have soon become popular, with children now moving through the classes as they grow and learn more skills. We’re introducing new classes and locations to bring our special programme to more children throughout Yorkshire”.

All Rugger Ratz classes run throughout the year, in term-time and holidays.

Where:

Halifax (Headquarters)

OSCA Foundation, Ovenden Sports and Community Arena,
Forest Cottage Cousin Lane,
Halifax,
HX2 8AD


Our Classes

Age 2-3  Duration: 30 mins

Our games and play are designed to encourage the development of core motor skills, whilst having lots of fun. During this class we will encourage interaction with parents as well as other children to build all important social skills and we use foam rugby balls to ensure safety at all times.

Skills: static passing, catching, kicking off the cone, reaction, hurdles (stepping over/jumping), individual and team play, holding the ball with both hands, scoring and celebrating a try.

Location, Day and Time

Ovenden Sports and Community Arena
Saturday – Please enquire
Sunday 09.45am – 10.15am

Course Leader

Tom Wormald

Jode Sheriffe

Tyreese Sheriffe

Cost

Come and trial our sessions for three weeks (one session per week) for £15. Following these, our one-off membership is £35 and includes a fantastic Rugger Ratz rugby kit. The sessions are then £22 per month by standing order. Further information is given regarding payment during the trial period.

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Age 3-5  Duration: 45 mins

This class encourages more independence by asking parents to step back (have a nice quiet cuppa in The Dance Mill lounge) while we build your child’s existing skills and develop new ones.

We switch to a size 2 rugby ball for these sessions giving the children opportunity to get used to a real rugby ball without it being too big or heavy.

We will start to introduce more rugby-specific skills during these play sessions, whilst maintaining the emphasis on fun.

Skills: As for the 2-3 class plus running with the ball using both hands for maximum control, side stepping, reaction, coordination, passing-static and on the move, high and low catching, kicking off the cone and from the hands, non-contact tackle techniques with our junior rolling tackle bag.

Location, Day and Time

Ovenden Sports and Community Arena
Saturday 9.45am – 10.30am
Sunday – Please enquire

Course Leader

Tom Wormald

Jode Sheriffe

Tyreese Sheriffe

Cost

Come and trial our sessions for three weeks (one session per week) for £15. Following these, our one-off membership is £35 and includes a fantastic Rugger Ratz rugby kit. The sessions are then £22 per month by standing order. Further information is given regarding payment during the trial period.

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Age 5+  Duration: 45 mins

This class takes place outdoors for a true rugby experience. We’ll build on existing skills learned during our younger classes as well as teaching new skills such as the correct tackling techniques (non contact) and scrums.

But don’t worry if your child has no rugby experience, we’ll make sure they quickly gain all the skills they need to join in fully and have fun in the process.

Once your child reaches eight years old, we will be happy to provide you with information and contact details for your local League or Union amateur club.

Skills: As above plus safe tackling technique using various angles on the junior rolling bag to learn how not to damage the head and neck; scrum formation; drop kicks, grubber kicks, conversions, TAG rugby, further emphasis on speed, agility and coordination, line passing.

Location, Day and Time

Ovenden Sports and Community Arena
Saturday 9.00am – 9.45am
Sunday 9.00am – 9.45am 

Course Leader

Jode Sheriffe

Tyreese Sheriffe

Tom Wormald

Cost

Come and trial our sessions for three weeks (one session per week) for £15. Following these, our one-off membership is £35 and includes a fantastic Rugger Ratz rugby kit. The sessions are then £22 per month by standing order. Further information is given regarding payment during the trial period.

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Advanced Duration: 45 mins

This class takes place outdoors in true rugby style! This class is suitable for beginners wanting to learn the basic techniques required for both codes and build confidence before joining a local amateur club, through to those already part of a team that wish to build and improve their existing skills.

During this class each child will have the opportunity to request which specific skills they feel they need work on and develop if they wish.

Skills: As above, plus enhanced tackling, passing and kicking techniques. Line formation, learning the various pitch positions and much more…

Location, Day and Time

Ovenden Sports and Community Arena
Saturday 09.00am – 09.45am

Course Leader

Tom Wormald

Tyreese Sheriffe

Cost

Come and trial our sessions for three weeks (one session per week) for £15. Following these, our one-off membership is £35 and includes a fantastic Rugger Ratz rugby kit. The sessions are then £22 per month by standing order. Further information is given regarding payment during the trial period.

Book a trial Session