S A Partners Supporting Junior Sports Talent
Simon Grogan, MD at S A Partners, has put his lot in with rugby, and has decided to sponsor the the junior team at Crumlin RFC by donating his portion of S A Partners charity fund to help the lads for the remainder of the season.
Simon, himself a former front row forward who has played against many international players in his prime, said supporting junior rugby helps instill not only teamwork and disciplin, but provide huge health benefits.
The Atlas foundation described the benefits of playing rugby as:
- Builds strength: Rugby is a great sport for boosting upper body strength, with strong arms needed for tackling and throwing, and muscular strength required for this contact sport. It develops the leg muscles because running and battling in scrums need powerful leg muscles.
- Improves flexibility: Agility is key, with the feet and hands requiring sudden changes of direction and pace. The constant twisting and sudden dodging can also help with flexibility.
- Cardio: Improves the body’s cardiovascular system by building a strong heart and lungs that are better able to deliver oxygen to muscles faster. The constant running and sprinting across the field can give you a really good cardio workout because of the increased heart rate and interval training.
- Increased self-confidence: Rugby offers teenagers increased confidence and self-respect, as the ultimate character-building sport. It fosters courage, fitness, team effort and togetherness, bringing together boys and girls from all backgrounds.
- Increases in bone density: Regularly playing rugby will increase your bone density because exercise imposes stress on the bones, thus stimulating the deposition of calcium along the line of stress. By improving the density of your bones, you are less likely to develop osteoporosis in later life.
- Builds discipline: Rugby requires a high degree of preparation, and through participation in structured training and playing a regular game schedule, rugby can develop key mental skills of self control and discipline.
- Stress reduction: The release of endorphins while playing the game is enough to lift your mood and help aid a better night’s sleep. Through triumphing over a challenging situation during the game, players build resilience to stress and are often able to better tackle problems off the field.
- Helps build resilience: The resilience and ability to persevere through pain and adversity for the greater good is a key skill developed on the rugby field, and a characteristic that serves rugby players throughout the rest of their personal and professional lives.
Simon and S A Partners certainly wish the lads well for the rest of the season, and with the 6 nations kicking off this soon, rugby is certainly the order of the day.