Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 69

Yarnbury Last season it would be fair to say that their first team did not perhaps put together the campaign that they would have liked as they compiled a record of five wins and twenty one defeats. This saw them finish near the bottom of the league with thirty three points. They will now be working hard during the off-season in order to make sure that they do better next time around. As long as they can retain their current group of players and perhaps make one or two quality additions they should be in with a good chance of improving. One major development of the off-season has been that they were recently able to announce the addition of Pete Tennet as part of the coaching team. Tennet has been brought in to help develop the forwards and will also play an integral role in the Yarnbury Colts academy. Tennet had previously played at a high level and represented Yarnbury. His addition is sure to be a major boost to the club. One of the highlights of the Yarnbury set up is the superb youth section that they have in place. This part of the club looks to provide young players from the local area with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent, particularly in the current financial climate and this is an area that they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters are able to progress over the coming years. In order to help ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition into the senior game they also run a number of additional sides. This allows them to gain experience of adult level rugby even if they are not yet considered ready for first team action which can be an important step in the development process. Another benefit of having extra sides is that it allows the first XV to benefit from far greater strength in depth. If they are ever left short on numbers through injury or work commitments they have the option of calling up replacements with a limited amount of disruption. Yarnbury’s disappointing season last time out should not take away from the good work being carried out at the club at present. If they continue in the same manner they should be able to look forward to a bright and successful future. Everyone at Rugby Club Magazine would like to take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season. 69