Sport In Profile UK Issue 17 - Page 32

Portsmouth FOLLOW US ONLINE The Juniors are the future of the club and this season it is hoped that we can bridge the gap and get closer to the juniors by offering coaching from the senior coaches and players which in turn, it is hoped, will inspire the juniors to stay at the club for their senior rugby.” Potential “We have a couple of guys in our senior team showing promise and the coaching team hope to help them develop so they may be in a position to play at a higher level than our current league position allows them too. We have players in the Juniors that are playing at county level and our ladies team, the Valkyries, is thriving under their coaches and management and have a good representation in the Ladies County side.” Community “We are a welcoming club and don’t look to turn people away. No matter what age, gender or ability we will give people the opportunity to try rugby and build a network for their social needs. We reach out to the community, especially in the ladies and juniors by welcoming them to the club. Where possible we support our club members and we also support local charities with an annual Charity game against a local medic side.” Challenges “We would like to have a 4G pitch installed. If we get a 4G pitch that means we can open up the club to other sports to 32 Issue 17 use it. This becomes a challenge because we wouldn’t want to lose the ethos of the rugby club but we would have to open the club to other sports for membership and provide them with a facility they are happy to pay to use. On the playing side, the biggest challenge we face is that there is a small player base with a number of clubs in close proximity, playing a similar level. We are not in a position to pay our players so we offer them the best off field assistance that we can. We are lucky that we have ties with Portsmouth University and their Sports Science Department has recently been voted the best in the country. Dr Gemma Milligan from this department, along with some of her students, head up the clubs strength and conditioning which is a fantastic resource for us to have. They can do nutrition and exercise programmes for individual players, as well as warm them up, group fitness exercises and work in conjunction with the physio’s to work on players rehab, when required.” Ambitions “Should we be successful in being granted permission to have a 4G pitch we would want to become the largest community sports facility in the north of the city without stopping the facility and club primarily being at Rugby Club.”