Passing, scrummaging, mauling and running was the highlight of the day for over 120 Year 7 Oakhill College students as they had the chance to share their rugby fields with elite athletes from the NSW Waratah’s.
On Tuesday, 26 February 2019, NSW Waratah’s players, Tom Robertson and Tom Staniforth attended the College where they introduced Year 7 boys to the sport of rugby union.
Robertson and Staniforth spoke about the benefits of physical activity and how important sport is for well-being. They addressed many of the student’s questions in a Q & A session.
The boys were then able to put into practice what they had learnt from the two Waratah’s as they moved into their touch rugby tournament that will run for three afternoons after school over the next two weeks. The Waratah’s players offered tips, feedback and provided motivation for all involved.
“All the boys were very excited about meeting the NSW Waratah’s players. As well as gaining a great deal of enjoyment from this experience, the skills, enthusiasm and energy they demonstrated in the touch tournament was incredible.” said Andrew Wisemantel, Head of Sport at Oakhill College.
“Not only did Tom Robertson and Tom Staniforth provide a sense of motivation and inspiration for our students, but they also combined a fun approach to learning with challenging activities.”
Visits from elite athletes complement the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) curriculum and help teachers with effective, practical strategies they can apply for years to come.
Andrew Wisemantel said the visit from athletes was another demonstration of the College’s commitment to promoting the benefits of lifelong participation in sport and active recreation from the grassroots to elite levels.
“We want to encourage all students to have a go, have fun and get active so they can develop to their full potential,” he said.