MRFU investing heavily in youth sector

Friday, October 21, 2011, 9:40

by Alex Grieve

A demonstration of youth rugby during the half-time break of last April's Malta v Croatia clash

A demonstration of youth rugby during the half-time break of last April's Malta v Croatia clash

This month has seen the arrival of 4 community coaches from the UK. These coaches, appointed by the MRFU, have been assigned to four of the clubs on the island. Lewis Naphausen will spend the season working with Overseas RUFC, Steven Meenagh with Birkirkara Alligators, Darren Lamon with Kavallieri and Mark Davey, also a Malta national team player, will be working with the Falcons. th October. There was a really good turnout of numbers, enabling us to deliver a high quality, enjoyable session, based around handling and decision making exercises, with everyone taking something positive away from the session. We look forward to being able to be involved with more of these training camps over the coming months.

These coaches will spend the season developing rugby in Malta, with a particular focus on youth rugby within their respective clubs. Coaching sessions will be delivered in both primary and secondary schools, with the hope of attracting players of all ages to join the clubs. Each coach will also spend time working with the youth sections of their clubs on a weekly basis delivering coaching sessions and helping to develop both players and coaches alike. Thanks must go out to Gasan Mamo Insurance Ltd for their support in developing youth rugby in Malta.

Since the arrival of the coaches we have assisted with the running of the age grade ‘school of rugby’ on Sunday mornings at Marsa. The sessions, which will run every Sunday until the beginning of the league fixtures, will focus on a variety of core skills, with a different skill being emphasized from week to week.
We also assisted with a women’s training camp held at Marsa last Sunday, 9.

Also happening at the moment is the delivery of a Foundation level coaching course. The course is being delivered by me and Lewis to those wishing to take their first steps into coaching. The course focuses on the basics of coaching and officiating, including; passing and handling, tackling, rucking and mauling. I am pleased to say that we have good numbers of 15 attending the course and that the first day proved to be a success. The course is due to be completed this coming week and given the early success of the course, we hope to hold another before Christmas.

Leave a comment