- Local club hosts combined schools session
- Castle Cary RFC working with RFU CRC to recruit new youth players
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Castle Cary RFC recently hosted a three-way fixture between their local secondary schools of Ansford Academy, Sexey’s School and King Arthur's. The club has already run a Year 7 carousel of coaching and competition at the club, and will be hosting local and regional Tag to Twickenham events in the coming months.
The club has been working with RFU Community Rugby Coach (CRC) Chris Hurd to recruit new players at Under 14 level. The team had 15 regular players last season but had been badly affected by absences for a variety of non-rugby related reasons.
Chris Hurd became involved in supporting the curriculum and after-school rugby sessions with the teachers in the schools. This personal involvement from a CRC has seen five teachers from the schools undertake their Rugby Ready qualification and they are looking to undertake more courses in the future.
An impressive 40 players turned up for the December fixture, which saw them split into three “Barbarian” style teams, refereed by Hurd. The players took part in sessions run by the coaches of the U14s and through playing touch they were coached in the game sense approach. After a tiring afternoon, the players were shown around the club and provided a bite to eat and drink afterwards in the new clubhouse.
The after-school support had previously resulted in four players joining the club and after this fixture it is hoped that more will follow.
CRC Hurd said: “It was a great opportunity to see players getting to know new people in their teams and playing to the rules and learning new skills. A number of players spoke to me and the Castle Cary coaches about attending after Christmas due to rugby finishing in school time. It is great they have a team waiting and willing to give them another great rugby experience.”