Forthcoming Somerset games
The county would like to give clubs the opportunity to gain free tickets for players 17 and under to the Somerset v Devon County men’s and women’s games Saturday 10th May at Bridgwater & Albion RFC.
Information required : Club Name, Contact email, Number of Tickets (25 Max), Delivery address.
Somerset RFU is pleased to announce the launch of the County Innovation fund project - Bringing back 17-24 year olds to the game. This project is part of a wider RFU initiative aimed at retaining and recruiting 16-24 year olds to help develop the game. Bringing back players from the 16-24 age group is a major strand of the RFU’s Lead up and Legacy work.
and an opportunity to win a MINI iPAD . . .
and A BAG OF BALLS?
New Sedgemoor Rugby Development Centre
Bridgwater & Albion RFC, North Petherton RFC, and Bridgwater College are jointly launching an exciting Rugby Football Union-backed player development project, commencing Tuesday 28 January.
Bill Frost, North Petherton RFC Chairman said, “We are looking forward to getting involved in this exciting local project. It’ll undoubtedly be valuable to everyone
involved and, most significantly, help provide some high quality coaching for our young players.”
Places are limited, so under 15 and under 16 male rugby players who are interested in registering or finding out more information should email email@example.com with their name, date of birth, school and current club.
Left to right: Clive Pearn (North Petherton RFC), Steve Smith (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Hamish Morton (RFU), David Pomeroy (Bridgwater & Albion RFC), Bill Frost (North Petherton RFC), Luke Buckingham (Bridgwater College)
The County is currently looking at preparing for fixtures for the senior sides this forthcoming season, the 20's will play Oxford University, Oxfordshire & Warwickshire and every young man that has the opportunity to represent either this side or the Under 18's should have the goal in their minds of playing in the county 1st XV at the end of the season. They should also be keen to force their way into contention to play for the South West Divisional side and England Counties U20 XV. Last season local player Mike Flook, formerly of Keynsham now playing at Dings Crusaders, played for the second season on the trot for his division and his Country at this level as a result of his county experience. Subsequently touring Georgia with England U20's and to France with the Senior county team.
A really positive season for senior representative rugby in Somerset
Grass roots rugby showed how there is still a passion to wear the county shirt. The county has again seen players from all reaches of the county represent themselves and their clubs at county level. The ethos of "being the best you can be" will always be a positive one and 62 players have played in the county development team "saxons" from under 20's and all points of the compass. Read more...
**Full size images can be found in the gallery
2013 Paris Tourists
Seal of Approval has now been replaced by Accreditation and a number of clubs have made progress towards achieving the new award. Gordano, Frome and Yatton received the award automatically due to achieving Whole Club Seal of Approval last year. All 3 clubs were invited to Twickenham for the presentation of the award (see photo of Chairman Paul Griffen and wife Lesley who is the Secretary, from Yatton). In the meantime Walcot and Castle Cary got out of the blocks first and are the joint first Accredited clubs in Somerset.
Sharing Good Practice The Club Feature allows you to know what is working for other Somerset clubs; recruitment drives, social events, money-making projects, anything that is worth sharing because it could make a difference at your club - It is reproduced here from the Somerset Rugby Development Newsletter.
Somerset U18’s vs Oakville Red Devils
March 6th 2014, the long awaited match against a Canadian touring side, kick off was a little late, the drizzle had taken hold and the wind had even managed to pick up a bit just to make conditions for fast flowing rugby difficult at best. Despite this, from the kick off, it was clear that Somerset were ready for a battle. It was a good job as Oakville came prepared . . . more
Get involved in Coaching
Becoming a qualified coach has never been easier. The RFU is equipped to help you through the process and has a range of qualifications, courses, seminars and support services to help you fulfil your coaching potential.
Anyone who wants to apply for their Level 3 in the new year needs to have done these modules.More information on Level 3 application can be found at http://www.rfu.com/TakingPart/Coach/FindACourse/
A number of vacancies have arisen for Coaches, Team Managers and Selectors in the South West and Super SixCoaches in Somerset. For further details click vacancies.
Quality DVD's of the Senior and Saxons XV games now the U16 Super Six Finals Night are available from Roy Murgatroyd: email firstname.lastname@example.org
The RFUs Positional Skills Handbook is available here
The county now has an on line kit shop so you can order directly through Webb Ellis. Training wear,replica shirts etc.
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