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Schools Tackle Rugby in South Bucks

London Wasps have always enjoyed a strong relationship with the RFU within our community, and this week has been no different.

RFU Community Rugby Coach for South Buckinghamshire, Alan Lane, enlisted the support of London Wasps' Community Coach Max Le Count-Ward, Community Rugby Coach Ian Isham and Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley for the area's Year 7 and 8 rugby development days.

On Tuesday 22nd October, Ian and Ben joined Alan and his RFU Community Rugby Coach colleague Bob Hardman at Drifters RFC, where over 70 Year 7 boys came for an afternoon of rugby coaching and games.

The development day on Wednesday 23rd October saw over 40 Year 8 boys attend the home of Chesham Stags RUFC (Chiltern Hills Academy, Chesham)

Each development day started with a coaching session that enabled the coaches to reinforce the players knowledge of the key factors of passing and support play, evasive running and of tackling and basic contact skills. Details of the key factors that we have been coaching are available at the links below.

After the coaching, the school teams played some friendly games against each other, with the referee's coaching teams and individuals where appropriate.

Following the development days, London Wasps Schools Programme Officer Ben Smiley told; "Both of these events were excellently attended and the attitude of the players was outstanding. It was pleasing to see both Drifters RFC and Chesham Stags RUFC represented, with members of the mini sections from each club present at their respective development days with a view to recruiting some new young players. London Wasps are delighted to be able to support the RFU with these events, and thank the RFU team in Buckinghamshire for their ongoing support of our initiatives."

The last South Buckinghamshire Rugby Development Day is being held at High Wycombe RUFC on Tuesday 12th November. This event is for Year 8 and 9 girls. To find out more, please email Alan Lane.