Rapid development in the local rugby scene

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 18:24

by Alex Grieve - MRFU Rugby Development Manager

Following the arrival of the community coaches and a couple of weeks of planning and organization, I am happy to say that each coach now has a schools programme up and running. During the period between now and Christmas nearly 30 schools in Malta will receive weekly coaching sessions and will be provided with the opportunity to enter into school rugby competitions. Primary schools have received invitations to take part in a tournament at Marsa on Thursday 1st December, with invitations also being extended to secondary schools on Friday 2nd December.

I am pleased to be able to say that the foundation coaching course mentioned in the previous newsletter has now been completed, with 10 participants completing and passing the course. Due to the success of this course and demand for another, a date has been set for a second foundation coaching course delivery. This course will run on Friday 18th November, from 6-9 pm and on Saturday 19th November, from 9-12 am. Following the completion of this course there will be an introduction to level 1 module run on Sunday 4th December, time to be confirmed, for those wishing to move on to a level 1 coaching course in the future.

There are a number of events within youth rugby happening in the coming weeks, with the support of youth sponsors Gasan Mamo Insurance. The first of these takes place this coming Sunday, the 30th October, with the opening stage of the MRFU Youth 7s Series at Marsa. Teams in U11, U14, U16 and U18 age groups will take to the field for the first competitive rugby of the season.

The following weekend sees the return of international rugby to Malta, with the Malta national team taking on Lithuania in the European Nations Cup. The game will take place at Hibernians football stadium in Paola, next Saturday, the 5th November, kick off at 2pm. The game will also see U11 players from clubs invited to line up with the national team players for the anthems before the game and be given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the pitch at half time, with tag rugby exhibition matches being played during the interval. Let me take this opportunity to wish the national team the best of luck for this game and their upcoming fixture in Latvia, which takes place this Saturday, 29th October.

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