Kids kick it with rugby stars

Kiwi Can Students with All Blacks & Black Ferns

Te Wharekura o Mauao students have been rubbing shoulders with national Sevens players, learning a few life and game skills.

Around 40 Year 7 and 8 students took part in skills and drills with three All Black and Black Ferns Sevens players earlier this month as part of the Kiwi Can programme.

Black Ferns Sevens player Michaela Blyde says it is about having fun and teaching the kids not only the fundamentals of rugby, but any sport.

The Sevens players also role-played around teamwork and positive relationships to reinforce what the children have been learning through Kiwi Can.

“It’s talking about positive relationships, friendships, communication and cooperation,” says Michaela. “At this age it’s crucial to get them to understand those values when it comes to building relationships as they grow older.”

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