Youngsters’ taste of international class

PUBLISHED: 12:41 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

Pics: Daniel Wilson

Pics: Daniel Wilson

INTERNATIONAL rugby came to Royston when the Socious Sports rugby workshop arrived at Therfield Heath. It gave youngsters from six-16 the chance to take part in advanced coaching sessions by two of the game s top coaches. More than 40 youngsters of mixed

Steve Hamson shares his coaching expertise

INTERNATIONAL rugby came to Royston when the Socious Sports rugby workshop arrived at Therfield Heath.

It gave youngsters from six-16 the chance to take part in advanced coaching sessions by two of the game's top coaches.

More than 40 youngsters of mixed ability and experience took part in the week-long workshop that featured modern training techniques with an emphasis on ball handling, tackling, agility, and fitness.

Sessions were led by the head coach of the Australian women's team Steve Hamson, and Western Samoan ladies fly-half Bella Milo Solosolo.

Hamson who led Australia to the second round of the world cup in 2006, said: "It's been really good and the youngsters have got really into the training, with a few of them showing real potential.

"It's been a lot of fun coaching the youngsters, as I spend most of my time with senior teams these days. And that's what it's all about - having fun!

"They've shown a wiliness to learn and what we have done is open them up to different ways of training and playing rugby.

"They've responded very well and you can already see the difference. And that's very rewarding!"

Milo Solosolo said: "They've turned up whatever the weather and I've really been impressed. It's our first trip to England and we're really enjoying it.

"It's hard work, but as Steve said, it's very rewarding."

The pair, who have been staying with host families are now in their fifth week of a six-week tour, having already visited Ely, Portsmouth, and Ashby, with Peterborough and Reading next on the list.

Ten-year-old Freddie Finlayson of Royston said: "We've learned lots of stuff and done things we wouldn't normally do.

"Bella and Steve are really good and they have been really nice, although they have worked us hard!

"My favourite part of the week was the tackling - that was a lot of fun.

"Hopefully they will be back next year!


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