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Easter Coaching Fun

6th April 2005

Easter school holidays would not be the same for young Blues supporters, without the hugely popular Blues coaching course.

Last Wednesday over 200 children descended on the Arms Park as Blues development officers held two coaching sessions in the morning and afternoon.

Juniors were split into small groups to receive the benefit of many years of rugby playing experience from the highly qualified coaches.

All kinds of different training activities were staged, from tackling, running with the ball and passing exercises to goal kicking and TAG rugby matches.

After each course had finished, each young participant was rewarded for their efforts, with a certificate from Capital Rugby sponsors Black Horse, plus FREE tickets to this Friday’s Blues versus Ulster game and most made their way down to the shop to take advantage of a exclusive discount.

Louise Hurley, Black Horse Corporate Communications said,
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm from these kids and the skills they have learnt are a testament to the development officers who are working with them. If they keep up the hard work some of these kids could be lifting the Grand Slam trophy in years to come.”

The first course in the morning was for juniors aged 7-11. They arrived early and were raring to go despite the damp and miserable conditions of the recent days. Following a morning of training themselves Dan Baugh and Jamie Robinson were amongst Blues players who were on hand to help present certificates and sign autographs after the afternoon session.

However after a vigorous coaching course, the children were more thankful to get their hands on bottles of water kindly supplied by Brecon Carreg.

Development officer Gary Knowles said,
“Some of the children we have seen and coached here today are very young, but they are still keen to play and learn more about the game.”

“We hope the children have all enjoyed the course and we have been able to offer them some valuable rugby experience. The chance to play at the Arms Park does not come around every day and I am sure we will be seeing a great deal more of them in the future.”