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A Wake-Up Call to Coaches: RFU losing £8m of Funding 1 Comment Read more »

A Wake-Up Call to Coaches: RFU losing £8m of Funding

Last January, Sport England, the body which presides over the allocation of public money to sports development in England, announced its plans to invest £493m in grassroots sport over the next four years with the aim of keeping alive the legacy of the 2012 Olympic…


Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1) Leave a comment Read more »

Joys of Age-Grade Coaching: Start of a New Season (Part 1)

Five more sleeps! A new season starts on Sunday and for the first time in a few years I’m especially excited and enthusiastic at the prospect, so much so that I’m counting the days just as I hope my players will be. Five more sleeps……


Youngsters Need Support From Senior Players 2 Comments Read more »

Youngsters Need Support From Senior Players

A year ago I wrote a piece about the development of young players at my club, who at that point had attained positions in the first team and went on to win the Norfolk Junior Cup final. This was a first for the club and…


Protein for Young Players: How Much is Enough? Leave a comment Read more »

Protein for Young Players: How Much is Enough?

In the world of sports nutrition, protein is viewed as an essential component of the recovery process, however, there is much more to protein than just that. Protein is essential for children and adolescent’s growth and development – especially for their bones. Did you know…


Northampton Players Support Grassroots Rugby Leave a comment Read more »

Northampton Players Support Grassroots Rugby

Youngsters attending a Premiership Rugby Academy were given the opportunity to learn from their heroes last week when Northampton Saints players Ben Foden, James Wilson and Sam Dickinson turned up to join in. Two hundred Premiership Rugby Academies are held nationwide each year and are…


Respect in Rugby 2 Comments Read more »

Respect in Rugby

Rugby is responsible for two of the proudest moments of my life, although neither moment has to do with actually playing the game. The first was the Remembrance weekend of November 2004 when I took my U9s to Welford Road to watch the Tigers play.…


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