I recently had the fantastic opportunity of shooting with the SVG Rugby Union who were tasked with an initiative of inspiring rugby among younger generations. They sought to achieve this by introducing primary school children from local Schools around St.Vincent to the sport of rugby at the National Stadium. As I walked out onto the bright green grass of the stadium with my camera lazily by my side I could see the large group of children in blue and yellow teams facing their coaches. It only took one of them to notice my camera and they all spun towards me ignoring their coaches important rules of the game, each with their individual and unique poses. I was immediately taken aback by their spirits and I happily reoriented myself to engage with these young children who were so eager to take photos.
The first thing I asked them was "Who likes to take photos?" Normally at this point I would find myself motivating them to put their hands in the air, but on that day I found myself judging a competition of who had their hand highest in the air.
It wasn't long before they were all playing rugby. I happily found myself following their less than predictable patterns, which some might say sounds like professional tactics but instead looked rather adorable.
Their eager attempts to play a complicated game were not met with dissatisfaction, quite the opposite actually. They were listening and abiding by the rules quite well for those new to the sport. They only got frustrated when they were told to stop running forward as they got to the try (score) line. I assume they got irritated at their instincts which are begging their souls to run as fast as they can.
As they huddled together to discuss strategy, their faces were so captivating I couldn't resist participating in their expressions and forgetting the game plan, which the coach could easily scold me for later.
Thank you to the SVG Rugby union for inviting me to experience this, and a huge thank you for the children to being truly inspiring in a seemingly effortless but almost professional manner.