DUMFRIES SAINTS RFC – SUMMER YOUTH RUGBY CAMP
16-18 AUGUST 2017
As the summer School Holidays drew to a close, Dumfries Rugby Club held its annual Youth Rugby Camp for our aspiring Rugby Superhero’s in P1 all the way through to S3. With a combined attendance across 3 days in excess of 200 children, and the weather supporting us for the most part, the Club was able to deliver on its promise of being a family environment supporting the development of young children in our community. This was no more evident when the P1-P7 group used the knowledge and skills gained over their 3 days on the Camp to teach their parents how to “Catch, Run and Pass” … not too sure which set was more pleased at their achievements … Well done Mums and Dads!
None of this would have been achievable without the support from organisations like TESCO who provided our young Champions with Bottled Water and fresh fruit for the duration of the camp. Equally as important were the tireless efforts of the Clubs Youth Structures, in particular, Susan Watson and Tracy Ross, without whom the Camp simply would not have run as smoothly and efficiently as it did … Thank you both!
Dumfries Rugby Club is truly fortunate to be in a position where a fantastic army of Coaching Volunteers supports our Youth and Senior Rugby structures. Over and above this, events like our Youth Camps and School’s programmes are staffed by a team of 8 sessional coaches who have all completed or are busy studying in various fields of sports coaching, science and rehabilitation.
Using the experience gained through the SRU’s Modern Apprentice programme and other College Courses they are currently working through, our sessional coaching team was responsible for assisting me in designing and delivering 3 days full of rugby fun and learning and for that we should be extremely grateful and proud … Fantastic effort All!
To further support the growth and development of our young stars, the Club has implemented weekly skills and conditioning based training sessions for players in S1 through to the Colts. These will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm at Park Farm and all are welcome. The weekly Youth training sessions traditionally scheduled for Wednesday evenings will remain a permanent fixture but will allow Coaches to focus their efforts on Team Development in those time slots.
Watch this space for the details of our Autumn Youth Rugby initiatives and looking forward to seeing you all out there pitchside for the start of the new Rugby Season and encourage you all to head down to Park Farm on Saturday the 26th August for our BT National Cup fixture against Orkney and then on the 9th September for the official unveiling of our new 1st XV Jerseys, where we’re hoping the performances of the 1st XV inspire the next generation of Saints!
Rugby Development Manager