Ballet helping rugby players

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An under 19-rugby league team from Lancashire is using ballet in their training. Players from the Wigan Warriors club say it helps maintain their posture and strength.

With its calm and gentle routines, ballet is usually thought of as being a girls’ activity, whereas rugby is often regarded as an action-packed mainly male sport, so the concept of using ballet in rugby training will sound strange to many.

The team have been enjoying ballet at their training and say that they’ve noticed the difference in their strength and their vulnerability to leg injuries has decreased.

The dancer who has been teaching the rugby team ballet hopes more professional teams across the UK will use it to help maintain their strength. A few professional footballers have been using ballet in their training too.

Most people think that ballet is for women only, however everyone who thinks that have just been proven wrong.

One player said, “At first I was a bit shocked and surprised, but as soon as we got told that it wasn’t a joke, I thought it was a nice break for our minds and our knees.”

Other squad members have given it thumbs up too although one confessed: “I’ve never had such sore legs doing this!”.

So overall, it looks like the rugby players from Wigan Warriors have enjoyed their ballet training thoroughly and this has hopefully changed their minds about ballet.


Charlie, Year 6

Burgh School

3 Responses to Ballet helping rugby players

  1. Will February 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Really good and interesting article Charlie! I personally think that ballet can help with any physical sport as it provides great understanding of balance and how to keep good posture while playing a sport like rugby or football. Some of the best ballet dancers in the world are extremely fit when it comes to upper body strength and physical abilities so this would help a rugby team exponentially!
    Keep up the brilliant work.

  2. Skyla February 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Really good article Charlie and it was really interesting to hear.

  3. Jasmine March 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    An interesting article, keep up the good work.