RFU Skegness sessions plan

A rugby session on Tuesday. Photo by John Crossland.
A rugby session on Tuesday. Photo by John Crossland.

RUGBY stars of the future are invited to take part in a series of training sessions intended to increase local interest in the sport.

The Rugby Football Union has identified Skegness as one of its target towns in which it hopes to inspire more participation in the game from an early age.

Community rugby coach Nathan Smith will be leading a series of under 14 coaching sessions for boys from local schools to attend free of charge.

He said: “Playing ruby offers youngster lots of benefits by instilling the core values of discipline and sportsmanship that is more evident in rugby than many other sports.

“It is a unique sport in that whatever shape or size you are, there are opportunities for you to play.”

Nathan has been involved in the game professionally for the past eight years since leaving university, having played and coached in New Zealand and throughout Lincolnshire.

The sessions held at Skegness Rugby Ground, Wainfleet Road, will run from 6pm to 7pm every Monday starting this week.

They form part of a major RFU campaign helping Skegness Rugby Club to attract more players and improving facilities at the ground.

RFU funding has already secured funding to build new floodlights at the ground, enabling the club to compete in a wider range of competitions and mid-week games.

It has also carried an extensive refurbishment project providing new changing room and disabled access to create ‘arguably the best facilities in Lincolnshire.’

Skegness has been identified as a town in which uptake of the sport is currently quite low and one in which the RFU believes there are possibilites to expand.

Nathan explained: “Historically Skegness has been an area where we’ve not spent a lot of time and Skegness Rugby Club’s needs are huge in terms of player recruitment.

“There will be a whole massive hit on every age group offering something rugby-related for everyone.”

As well as hosting his own training sessions, Nathan will be working with local schools to equip teachers with the skills needed to coach the game.

If you are interested in taking part, contact Nathan on 07921 283223 or just turn up on Monday dressed in suitable clothing.