Scarborough YDO Cartwright delighted to see junior teams return
Scarborough RUFC youth development officer Charlie Cartwright is delighted to see juniors returning to action at the Silver Royd club, and is hopeful that this gradual return can continue.
He said: “The Under-10s, Under-11s and Under-12s have been back on a Sunday morning for the past two weeks.
“We had 62 players down on the first Sunday and then 52 last weekend, it is great to see the effect on the juniors, they were all running back to the pitches to get started.
“There are a lot of other coaches and players who want to be back of course, but we have to do this gradually to ensure the safety of the players, the parents and everyone involved, including viewing areas for the parents.
“We have a lot of measures in places to ensure everyone is kept safe, hopefully soon we can get more of the juniors down to the club on Sundays.
“Of course at the moment with the new restrictions coming there is a lot of uncertainty, but hopefully we can keep bringing the age groups back.”
Cartwright admits that it has been a testing start to his tenure, but that it has also helped him adapt to the role.
He added: “It has obviously been a difficult time to start the job, but the extra time before we got back on the pitches with the junior players has actually helped me gradually get to grips with the role.
“The waiting can be frustrating, especially for those in the Under-17s who are wanting to prove themselves before the transition to senior rugby, but on the flipside, time off can give coaches plenty of time to study new approaches and players of all ages to work on other aspects of their game.”
Cartwright is also enjoying training with the senior players as part of his on-field role.
He said: “We have been doing some really tough training for some time now, and the RFU have been very clear with the Roadmap for the return for rugby union.
“The stages have made it very clear what we need to be doing at what time, I think we all hoped we could be back playing by November but it is looking more like a return in the New Year now.”