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If there is one family you could describe as rugby-mad it is the Sinors.
A normal weekend for the family from Devon sees mum Shona play for the club’s Ladies team on a Friday evening before dad Olly and eldest son Ben play for the second team on a Saturday morning.
The following day Shona and Olly swap their playing shirts for coaching bibs as they lead the girls U18s and U13s while 14-year old Jack and sisters Bethany and Lulu all run out for the club’s junior sides.
“Every weekend is centred around the club,” says Shona. “It’s become a home away from home and they have been unbelievably welcoming to us all.”
Our Paignton under 18's rugby love pic.twitter.com/wH5CHplXvQ— Shona sinar (@sinar_shona) October 5, 2016
Dirty kit and away trips
This is the second season that the six Sinors have been playing at Paignton after the boys got involved through a Return to Rugby session.
“After seeing the boys play both Beth and Lulu decided they wanted to as well as well and that left me as the only one not getting my boots on,” says Shona.
“I’m old enough to know better because I hadn’t been on a rugby pitch since I was 15 but I gave it a go and now I am loving it and am into in my second season for the Ladies.”
There is barely an hour at the weekend that a Sinor isn’t playing rugby which does come with a downside.
“There is a lot of mud and even more dirty kit, a massive amount every single week,” says Shona.
A coach and a barman
As if playing wasn’t enough, most of the family are now involved in various other ways at Paignton.
Both Shona and Olly are regular coaches and Jack is currently completing his Rugby Ready course with the aim of coaching one of the girls sides while Ben spends his spare time as the clubhouse barman.
“You can’t put into words how amazing the rugby community at Paignton is. It has given the kids friends they will have for life. It teaches them about respect and teamwork.”
Both Shona and Olly are hoping that in a few years they will be able to play alongside all their children in the senior team.
But in the meantime this weekend will involve driving the girls to Alverdiscott and boys to Ivybridge for another packed weekend of rugby, or business as usual for the Sinors.