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Brockleians RFC growing young player numbers

26 February 2014

  • New minis fixtures at Brockleians RFC
  • Brockleians, Erith and Bexley work together for clear playing pathway for young players 
Brockleians RFC minis

Photo: RFU Archive

Brockleians RFC has opened its doors to a new band of budding young rugby stars by hosting its first minis fixtures.

Twenty five girls and boys, ranging between from three to 11 years of age, have enjoyed participating in training sessions and games at Brockleians RFC, first against Bexley RFC and more recently against Erith RFC, supported by RFU Community Rugby Coach (CRC) Keith Forward.

The aim is to increase numbers in the minis section at Brockleians and Erith RFC to 40 by the start of the 2014/15 season and to cement links with other clubs in the area to establish a clear playing pathway for young players.

The RFU is committed to ensuring that more young people participate in and enjoy rugby union, thereby retaining talent, strengthening the clubs and growing the game in the local communities.

RFU CRC Keith Forward said: “The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to play the game they’ve seen parents and family members playing and watching on TV. At this age the focus is on having fun and building confidence, while steadily introducing a selection of rugby skills.

“Going forward, Footsray RFC has also shown interest in developing a link with Brockleians, Bexley and Erith, to establish a coaching and playing environment for all their young players. This is fantastic news for the minis sections and for the future of the game in Kent.”

Brockleians Minis Head Coach, Justin Robinson, added: “The minis section at Brockleians has been running for four years now and with the help of Keith reaching out to our local clubs who are at a similar level to us, I have seen a real sea-change this season with kids and coaches getting a lot more out of our sessions.”