Rugby for ALL! Change for ALL!
TREATS "Rugby for ALL!" project was successfully completed in March this year. Unlike previous years, we have recruited primary students from typical and special needs schools. At such a young age, can we expect the participants to learn about rugby and get along with their teammates with different abilities in 2 months?
"I want to run with my partner!"
Man Cheuk, who has mild mental challenge, is a chubby boy and never liked sports. Sam is a quiet and introverted student from a mainstream school. He acted cool to coaches and volunteers at the beginning of training. These 2 boys with different abilities and backgrounds were assigned to be partners by the team leader. Surprisingly, this has marked the beginning of their friendship!
During the practical training, Sam observed that simple and direct instructions would work best for Man Cheuk, so he patiently explained to his partner about the rules and techniques of rugby, and even demonstrated in person repeatedly. “I hope that Man Cheuk can enjoy rugby!” said Sam who has done his best to encourage his partner to be more engaged in team training. Due to his physical condition, it has often been difficult for Man Cheuk to stand up after sitting down for a long time. Sam would always lend him a helping hand. Towards the end of the project, Man Cheuk has gradually changed his perception of rugby and sports. The most touching and memorable moment was when Man Cheuk insisted to run for the team during a friendly match while Sam cheered for him “Come on! Let's run together!”
The support and encouragement from Sam had motivated him to make a breakthrough. Their friendship has also allowed participants and volunteers to witness a sincere and genuine relationship could be established between children of different backgrounds and abilities.