Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 52

Garstang FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG The Junior section is a credit to all involved especially the coaches and parents and volunteer helpers in the kitchen. The goal has always been to have a colts team and Garstang have now got their very first colts team which is entering the colts league this season. It is hoped that the colts will provide the new players to support the club for the foreseeable future.” Integration table. The ladies team had a wonderful season and finished 3rd in only their 2nd full season in the league. Garstang boasts a thriving junior section where we have full year groups from 6 to 16/colts. The juniors play against most local sides including many tournaments and keep progressing through a domination of great coaches, enthusiasm and playing for each other. In summary, from an overall perspective, the season has been the best ever.” 2017 “My plans for the club for the rest of 2017 are simple - keep the momentum going. The Club keeps expanding and consequently the number of players/ members keep growing, which is a great indication that the Club is moving in the right direction. The Club has gained the majority of these through the addition of the ladies team and the large junior section. The 1st team have worked hard to play Level 8 Rugby and are looking forward to next season under the guidance of Gavin Barton, Simon Whittingham and Ainsley Pye. The men’s second team play in the Raging Bull league and always put in commendable performance and were unlucky to lose to Fylde last season in the cup final.” Youth “ Y o u t h rugby is key to the success of any club but to a relatively n e w club like Garstang it is vital. The contribution of people like Ian Davies who started the junior section which was then taken to the next level through the efforts of Bert Cross and Rob Kerr who started running Rugby Summer camps and engaging with local schools has been critical to the overall progress of the club. “The aim is to have a sustainable future with a steady feed of colts into the senior sections. To encourage this transition, the club has started to introduce the two sections (men senior/ colts) to each other. For the last couple of seasons, we have been running summer touch rugby sessions which have had the older junior section playing with the seniors. The touch Rugby has enabled the two groups to play together in a safe environment where they can share knowledge and exchange some Banter (nothing like seeing a young lad side stepping the first team prop, and listening to the “feedback from his peers”). At this stage in the colts development programme, we are in a situation where the Colts and seniors are familiar with each other, with Colts desperate to play for the seniors and the seniors also keen for the colts to step up and play at the higher level.” Community “Garstang is a small market town and Garstang RUFC plays a big part in the local community. The majority of players originate from the local area and the junior teams are also made up from schools from the local area. The club has a thriving social section and organise regular events in the Town throughout the year. We also hold an annual Summer fun day where everyone is welcome and both adults and children have a great time regardless of the weather.” “The biggest challenge for any club is to attract new players and player retention. A successful junior section is key to attaining this goal.” 52 Issue 73