Shelford Summer Camps back on the menu

Our coaches have had to think on their feet and adapt to the changing guidelines as the return of rugby draws ever closer.

After a period of uncertainty regarding the eventual return of our popular school-holiday rugby camps. We were finally given the green light to proceed at the beginning of July as the RFU announced the transition to stage B of their six-stage Return to Rugby Roadmap.

Stage B outlined that players of all ages could train in groups of no more than 6, keeping distances of 2 metres between players and sharing equipment such as balls and tackling apparatus providing that they were appropriately washed down between uses. 

This meant that we could proceed in hosting our first summer rugby camp since the breakout of the cover pandemic. And just like that, three dates were in the diary for the end of August. However, the camp would pose some significant obstacles as we’d need to separate all players into appropriately sized groups, space them accordingly and ensure that they stick to the guidelines. Easier said than done when you’re dealing with children as young as six years old. However, due to the combined ingenuity of our coaching team and our camp partners, Gillick Coaching, we were able to do so successfully by putting more focus on skills exercises and utilising apparatus such as swimming pool noodles to allow children to play interactive games whilst keeping a safe and responsible distance.

 

Fastforward to August and we have a new camp in the diary, but also new guidelines. With the transition from stage B to stage C, we’ve now been able to introduce the RFU’s newly announced Ready For Rugby game. A fast and exciting code of rugby which allows up to 10-a-side games of touch rugby to be played in a safe way. It was a steep learning curve for both players and coaches at our first August camp and we’re looking forward to perfecting it at our next one.

We were even fortunate enough to have BBC Look East come along and take some footage of the summer camp as they prepared a report about recent RFU cuts due to the covid pandemic.

If you’d like to find out more about our next holiday camp, contact Will Cotterill at dor@shelfordrugby.co.uk

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