GREAT SUCCESS OF FYLDE RUGBY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S ‘COVID-19 SAFE’ RUGBY CAMP
The first Rugby Camp organised by the newly established Fylde Rugby Community Foundation has been a huge success. Some 65 young people, boys and girls, from ages 5 to 11 have attended each day of the three-day half-term Camp run at Fylde RFC’s Woodlands Ground, under the ‘Rugby for All’ banner.
Head of Community Rugby, Phill Mills, said: “We’re delighted at how the Camp has gone. The weather has been challenging but the facilities at the Woodlands are top notch so everyone attending has had great fun, exercise and top rugby coaching. The impact of COVID-19 on youngsters wanting to play rugby has been tough. Many just want to get back to playing sport generally and we were delighted by how many children were playing rugby for the first time.
“The greatest priority in the running of the Camp has been the safety of all the youngsters who attended. We have adopted the Rugby Football Union’s COVID-19 guidelines and have implemented these strictly.
“When inside the Clubhouse we have maintained ‘team bubbles’; when running activities outside we have organised the youngsters into age groups, with no mixing with other groups.
“The coaching has been excellent as we’ve drafted in England U’21s women’s squad member Laura Perrin and some Fylde 1st XV players.
Sir Bill Beaumont and son Josh, an England international and Sale Sharks lock forward/no 8, very kindly dropped in at the end of the Camp on Wednesday to make presentations to all the participants. There were specific awards for:
- Most Improved Player
- October Camp Super Star who contributed most to the event
- Scorer of the Best Try
Everyone picked up a medal as a memento of the Camp.
The costs of running the camp were subsidised by businessmen Tom Gallagher (Home Farm Lytham Limited) and Mark Merrick. In addition, some kit was supplied by Anthony Hoskinsson (Questa).
In order to make it more accessible to more children.
Phill Mills added: “We hope to run a Christmas Shopping Day Camp, providing fun and activity for young people whilst allowing their parents to go shopping, subject to any COVID-19 restrictions operative at that time.”
Further information from:
Head of Community Coaching
Tel: 07534 321418