Tremendous turnout at rugby summer camp

Young rugby players are having a ball at this year’s ‘summer camp’ currently underway at the National Park.

The seventh edition of the July fixture which started on Monday, has attracted in excess of 100 youths from as young as six who are enjoying being coached the basics of the sport.

The camp which culminates on Saturday with a rugby festival, is open to boys and girls from various communities and schools from around the city and further afield.

According to the camp’s coordinator and Youth Development Officer (YDO), Troy Yhip, the six-day camp is geared towards “teaching the kids the  fundamentals of rugby” like catching, passing and tackling.

Some of the potential future rugby stars taking part in some drills yesterday at the National Park.

The camp starts at 10:00hrs each day and lasts for two hours.

Yhip also told this publication that the camp will give the next generation of potential local stars the chance to play like their heroes.

Further, the camps continuously focus around maximizing enjoyment and learning to play the game the right way. A strong emphasis is also placed on discipline and the capacities of the players and the rugby-specific coaching is tailored to each individual group and conducted in an appropriate safe manner with the aim to optimize learning, create friendships, improve rugby skills and enhance rugby-specific knowledge.

Sponsors of the camp include: Scotiabank, Yhip’s Bakery, Graham’s Bakery, DDL, CIDI and the Water Factory.

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