May 30th, 2008
England Team Manager Martin Johnson will be hosting his popular Rugby Camps throughout the South West this summer.
The programme, a joint initiative between the World Cup winning captain and the Rugby Football Union which began in 2005, gets under way at Warwick University in Coventry in July and will be held at seven venues during July and August.
�Johnno', who became England Team Manager in April, attends the third day of each three-day camp in person and will be returning to venues in the South West including Plymouth, Newbury and Bristol, where the camps were successfully staged last summer.
The two-time British & Irish Lions captain will work alongside the country's leading professional coaches to develop the skills and techniques of 11 to 16-year-olds of all abilities, and there are visits from male and female international players.
The rugby camps will take place at Plymouth Albion RFC on July 28 followed by Newbury RFC on August 4 and then The Portway Rugby Development Centre in Bristol on August 13.
Each of the action-packed camps, which are non residential, give youngsters tuition in match skills along with advanced techniques to improve their overall flexibility, agility and speed from RFU-qualified coaches in a fun and secure environment.
Johnson said: �I am really looking forward to the camps and having the chance to help bring on youngsters who could become top-class players of the future.
�The last three years were fantastic and I'm sure this summer's camps will be no exception."
Hundreds of youngsters have taken part to date, with some travelling from as far as Portugal, the USA and Dubai.
The three-day camp costs �150 per child and includes coaching, Martin Johnson Rugby Camps apparel and rugby ball, lunch and other refreshments.
Anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.johnnocamps.com or contact 01564 786786.