With the announcement that rugby union 7s will be an Olympic sport at the 2016 Rio Games, we took a trip to Scarborough RUFC
Scarborough’s Silver Royd base is unlike any other facility in the area, giving their youth development officer Tom Harrison the scope to offer countless opportunities to the town’s youngsters.
These opportunities include youth and senior rugby, with over 200 youngsters currently signed up for their teams that run from under-sevens through to under-17s.
We were put through a rigorous warm-up session in the warmth of the sports hall, before being whisked out into the freezing cold night where we were put shown the ropes by Harrison, burly South African Nino Cutino and Czech Republic international Zbynek Schutz.
The three of us were shown how to tackle, kick for the posts, drop-kick and pass correctly, and although we didn’t master all of the skills straight away, it seems a fun and active sport to take up.
WHY GET INTO RUGBY? With Scarborough RUFC’s youth development officer Tom Harrison:
“We have over 200 players signed up to our teams from under-7s up to under-17s, and we can offer a sporting experience that is unrivalled in the area, simply due to the standard of our facilities and coaching.
“Obviously rugby is a very accessible sport to people in Scarborough. It doesn’t cost a fortune to get started and is a very fun and sociable sport to get involved with.
“We are working incredibly hard as a club to make sure our coaching levels and safeguarding are as good as they can be so anyone coming up will enjoy themselves as well as learn a lot in a safe environment.”
WHEN TO GET INVOLVED
September - April
Sunday: 10.30am meet for an 11am start.
The youngsters meet for training sessions at Silver Royd when there are no competitive fixtures scheduled.
Membership to the RFU is required to attend and this costs £15, but for £45 you ngsters can purchase a player’s pack that includes a waterproof top, shorts, socks and a rugby ball as well as the required membership
Scarborough RUFC are starting an O2 touch rugby course in March.
The course starts Sunday March 3, with sessions commencing at 12.30 in the Silver Royd sports hall.
Harrison said: “These touch sessions are a great way for people to start playing rugby.
“Whether they are a bit put off by the contact aspect and want to learn the game, or simply want to learn the rules, it’s a great way to get involved.”
The course will run for four-six weeks and is open to anyone aged 14 or over.
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