Close to 120 players descended on the Willingham Road home of Market Rasen & Louth Rugby Union Football Club last week for a rugby camp run by Aviva Premiership Champions Leicester Tigers.
In its fourth year at the Market Rasen venue, the established contact course for 8-16 year olds was a sell out for the second year running despite the increased availability of places and the new addition of the TAG camp for six and seven-year-olds was equally well attended.
Though open to anyone regardless of experience or affiliation, more than 80 per cent of attendees came from the host club and during the week were put through their paces by coaches from Tiger’s Academy and Community departments, developing and establishing core skills and age-related aspects of the game.
Activities were complimented by sessions on strength and conditioning and a question and answer session with Tigers player Dan Bowden, who was part of the squad who won the Aviva Premiership title in May.
This year’s camp was headed by ex-Tigers player Glenn Gelderbloom. Gelderbloom, 43, hails from South Africa and played for Western Province in 1991-92, then for Border Bulldogs from 1993 where he made more than 100 appearances before joining Tigers in August 2000. During his time with Tigers he picked up two Heineken Cup winners medals (2001 and 2002) and he also represented the South Africa Defence Force and the Rest of South Africa team.
The date for next year’s camps have been confirmed as 18–22 August 2014 (18–20 for the TAG Camp) and details will be on both Rasen’s and Tigers’ websites in due course.
With nearly 300 junior members the club has 12 squads with players aged from 4 to 18 and the new season at Market Rasen and Louth RUFC starts on the first Sunday in September.
The club welcomes any and all interested players regardless of experience or ability for a fixture packed season.
If you are interested in joining the club all you need to start is appropriate training wear, a drinks bottle and a gum shield.
You can find out further information either by ringing junior chairman Andy Sullivan on 07795 562134 or by visiting the club website at www.rasenrugby.com